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Audit report says Illinois tax protests court violated law

A state auditor general report has found that a new court in Illinois created to resolve taxpayer complaints has poorly managed expenses and won't open an office outside of Chicago.

The Illinois Independent Tax Tribunal started a year and a half ago to mediate disputes between taxpayers and the Illinois Department of Revenue, the Belleville News-Democrat ( ) reported.

The audit has found the court hasn't opened a Sangamon County office as required by law. It also says the court refused to hire a reporter or clerk, two positions it was supposed to fill.

Rep. Dwight Kay, R-Glen Carbon, said the court should open a Springfield office.