By: Diane Benjamin
Since the Pantagraph has a policy against investigating anything, I was shocked they investigated travel expenses in Bloomington, Normal, and the County.
I FOIA’d all three for the exact information the Pantagraph received.
One item they reported for Bloomington caught my attention:
Every event anyone traveled to included one of these slips. The HIGH amount was always used to calculate the allowance. Further down the page it shows a check was written to Tari for $426.00:
At least two meals were included with the conference. The agenda included isn’t very specific, but two are listed:
Scott Preston is under investigation for the same thing! Charging meals to his expenses when the events he attended included them!
How did the Pantagraph miss that?
The City did charge back Renner for tiny gift shop purchases however.
The FOIA request doesn’t include the $3500 Renner spent going to Cuba. I wonder if he got paid $71 a day for food to a country where the cost of eating isn’t close to Washington DC?