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Audit Dings Rauner Administration For Lost Property, Vacant Appointments

Bruce Rauner
Brian Mackey
NPR Illinois
Then Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner speaks with Statehouse reporters in this 2015 file photo.

Governor Bruce Rauner’s office has been criticized by a state audit.

The auditor general’s report found that the governor’s office hasn’t kept track of state equipment, like a missing sofa. It also says the administration couldn’t name who was responsible for a computer that had vanished, or whether it contained confidential information.

Rauner says “nobody’s perfect.”

“Unfortunately, you know, everyone in the government is human and there's some mistakes made,” he says. “I’m very proud of our team, and they’ve done an extraordinary job.”

Rauner’s office told auditors a lot of the missing equipment has been gone since the administration of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

The audit also found that the governor’s office had outstanding appointments to make on more than half of the boards and commissions it checked.

But with hundreds of such groups in Illinois government, filling all those vacancies has been a problem since long before Rauner was governor.

Brian Mackey formerly reported on state government and politics for NPR Illinois and a dozen other public radio stations across the state. Before that, he was A&E editor at The State Journal-Register and Statehouse bureau chief for the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin.
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