Dear Honorable Governor and Speaker,
Whenever any major corporation has a major change in leadership or experiences a merger, they would normally open the books for a clean transition. Why should Springfield be any different after having our past governor impeached and indicted under suspicion of improprieties? Over the past nine years, Illinois has spent over ½ trillion dollars with minimal accountability. A forensic audit would expose hundreds of millions of dollars in wasteful spending and likely in the billions.
I would expect responsible leadership and support for such an audit from both sides of the isle. The argument that it may cost too much money to execute such an audit is frail. It is estimated that the payoff of such an audit will result in the discovery of wasteful spending tenfold of the overhead expense. I would personally invest in such a return every day of the week whether it was my personal money or in the stewardship of elected office.
Honorable Governor and Speaker, I call on you to move this resolution (HR1057) out of the Democrat majority rules committee and support this bill with yes votes without further delay. It is time to put partisan politics aside and work together to put an end to the frivolous spending that has plagued our state into an imminent tax ruin. We have to be willing to lead and “hold our own accountable” such as US Senator Peter Fitzgerald (R) did when he pushed for a Federal Investigation of the George Ryan Administration. Without the proposed forensic audit, the removal of our past governor is simply a gesture and a diversion from true transparency and accountability.
Honorable Governor and Speaker, please prioritize our police officers, firemen, libraries, parks, business owners, teachers, and the thousands of others I do not have room to list in this letter before partisanship. Elected office is for the purpose of putting others before ourselves. Your administration has exponentially forced the hands of most local layers of government across the state into raising taxes and cutting services in exchange of the irreverent spending and lack of accountability in Springfield. The ball is in your court since you hold the majority in the State Senate and the State House. We the taxpayers and fellow elected officials will be watching this resolution. It’s time to check your moral compass and follow the right path. Please make the right decision and move this bill out of rules immediately and support its passage.
More Info about HR1057 can be found at www.openthebooks.com
Garrett M. Peck
Plainfield Village Trustee