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Plan to prevent criminals from getting state grants signed into law

SPRINGFIELD – A plan to prevent criminals from getting state grants has been signed into law.

“This law protects Illinois taxpayers by stopping organizations who have board members and employees with conflicts of interests and criminal histories from getting state money. This landmark measure provides much needed taxpayer security by ensuring that the state funds only the best performing grant recipients,” the sponsor, state Sen. Dan Kotowski, D-Park Ridge, said.

The Grant Accountability and Transparency Act, which requires greater scrutiny and evaluation of approximately $46.9 billion in annual grants and state funding recipients, was signed by the governor today.

“This law protects Illinois taxpayers by stopping organizations who have board members and employees with conflicts of interests and criminal histories from getting state money,” said Kotowski. “This landmark measure provides much needed taxpayer security by ensuring that the state funds only the best performing grant recipients.”

The law also creates a new list of suspended grant recipients to show which organizations are unworthy of future state investment and taxpayer support. Grant recipients will now have to file conflict of interest forms, and recipients with a history of poor performance will be barred from receiving state funds.

Recently, Gov. Pat Quinn signed another one of Kotowski’s measures to eliminate over 20 wasteful, outdated and unnecessary mandates in state statute.

 

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