A forensic audit is a deep audit, an evidentiary audit. It’s an audit that follows the money and holds up in court.
“Forensic Audit” has changed the language of Illinois politics.
“Two Little Words” by John Kass, Chicago Tribune | October 6th, 2010
The reason- Mayor Daley didn’t run for re-election.
“The Mayor’s first f-bomb” by Eric Zorn, Chicago Tribune | February 25, 2011
Credits our “bumper-sticker” demand for the idea floated by new Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
-March, 2011, Springfield-
Alongside Rep. Dwight Kay (R-Glen Carbon), we co-drafted a forensic audit of workers compensation (HR52). Speaker Michael Madigan embraced this audit (HR131) and it passed 111-00 in Illinois House in March, 2011. Inside the Menards prison, over 300 workers comp claims have been filed in a short period of time costing taxpayers over $10 million.
UPDATE: In early 2012, the Auditor General of Illinois is anticipated to bust the largest fraud and corruption scandal since the indictment of both governors.
HISTORY OF OUR WORK: In April of 2010, For The Good of Illinois spearheaded the concept of the forensic audit. Picking up the signature plank of Adam Andrzejewski’s gubernatorial campaign, we authored the Illinois Forensic Audit Act of 2010 (HR1057). After a state capitol, Blue Room press conference, a very successful public policy campaign was waged: 26 Republican co-sponsors, 50,000 “Open the Books” stickers, 300 media interviews over six months, collected 15,000 petition signatures, and volunteers sent thousands of phone calls and emails into state representatives. HR1057 was called for a role-call vote and failed along party lines.
In June of 2010, a forensic/recapture audit of Medicad (HB5242) passed the full legislature with no opposition and was signed into law by Gov. Pat Quinn. This massive audit covers Medicaid- a $13 billion program comprising roughly 25% of the state budget. The audit was estimated to curtail over $1 billion in fraud.
UPDATE: August, 2011- We issued the call to Governor Quinn: “Open Your Books!”. Quinn’s executive agency is unilaterally forestalling the unanimous will of the state legislature. Read our post here.
FUTURE LEGISLATION: Alongside State Representative Dwight Kay (R-Glen Carbon), we co-drafted the Illinois Pension Forensic Audit Act 2011 (HR31). Read our press release here.
“With the Illinois pension systems among the worst funded in the nation, retirees and current government workers deserve to know that their pensions are being administered properly and invested prudently,” said Kay. “Not only do the state employees deserve to know how their pensions are being administered, but so do the taxpayers.”
After Cellini, Levine, Blagojevich and the federal SEC probe, the people of Illinois deserve a forensic audit to preserve the efficacy of the pension systems.
Please go to www.forthegoodofillinois/issues/liberty-lunch
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