Board pay probe continues in Kendall
By Steve Lord firstname.lastname@example.org March 22, 2013 3:28PM
Updated: April 26, 2013 6:21AM
YORKVILLE – The forensic audit of Kendall County Board members’ per-diem payments continues, even though State’s Attorney Eric Weis expected results several weeks ago.
“It’s still being prepared,” Weis said this week. “I’m not rushing them.”
The auditing firm of Dennis E. Czurylo & Associates, based in Palos Heights, is doing the audit, and, to date, has billed the county a little more than $5,000 for services, according to invoices on file at the county treasurer’s office.
Those same invoices indicate Czurylo had only charged the county about half what the normal charges would be, with notations on almost all of the invoices of charges taken off as a “professional courtesy discount.”
The situation began last year when former Finance Committee Chairman Anne Vickery catalogued about 50 meetings for which County Board member Dan Koukol received the $85-a-meeting per diem, and asked Weis to look at the payments. She contended Koukol should pay back the more than $4,000 total, going back to meetings just after he took office in December 2010, because they were meetings Koukol was not required to attend.
Vickery said according to board rules, board members are only supposed to take per diems for attending meetings of the full board or for attending meetings of committees on which they serve.
The meetings in question were in connection with Koukol’s chairmanship of the County Board Economic Development Committee.
In a bit of irony, the Kendall County state’s attorney’s office might soon be looking into a similar-sounding situation from Grundy County, involving a board member there.
A recent state law allows counties to ask state’s attorneys in other counties to look at situations in which there might be a conflict. Weis confirmed that Grundy has asked his office to look at their situation. Weis said his office has done work for McHenry and LaSalle counties before.