I received the following email from Jason Chambers:
I was contacted by someone asking about the prosecutor in the Preston matter and the possible cost. They indicated they had heard there was an expense in that regard from you. Just for information purposes, I wanted to let you know that there is no additional cost to McLean County when matters are referred to the Appellate Prosecutors Office. If they do one conflict referral or fifty, there is no additional cost to McLean County. Because Scott has been my friend in the past and because the matter was brought to me by other people I consider friends, I thought it was cleaner to avoid the appearance of impropriety. This way, if the Appellate Prosecutor signs off on the matter saying there is no wrongdoing, then no one can say it is because Scott got off easy due to a friendship.
Another note: The Pantagraph article states a Town of Normal auditor noted improprieties last July including problems with Normal’s travel policy. Why was nothing done then?
By: Diane Benjamin
A special prosecutor has been appointed to investigate Council member Scott Preston’s travel expenses. Why Jason Chambers spent money for an outside investigator doesn’t make sense. It was only because he was a former Normal Council member? Either the numbers make sense of they don’t, somebody in Chamber’s office couldn’t do a little math? Unless the investigation is much broader, it sounds like a 1 hour job to me!
There is a much bigger issue!
It looks like the Town of Normal just wrote checks to Preston without checking receipts or supporting documents!
How many other Council members did they write checks to because they submitted a claim?
If the Town wrote unsubstantiated checks to a Council member, what other payments aren’t they checking?
This is another lesson in government not caring about your money because they don’t have to. Tax increases are easier than restrained spending.
What are the chances of your company writing you a check without proof that:
- The expense had a business purpose
- Receipts were submitted
- The total amount requested was verified