Frank J Mautino

Audit slams Rauner administration over lease deals

Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration violated state law by awarding property leases to unqualified vendors and possibly shutting out other, lower bidders, a state audit released Wednesday found.

Illinois Auditor General Frank Mautino's highly critical report found that the Departments of Human Services and Central Management Services switched leasing requirements and prices after awarding bids and sorely lacked documentation for leasing property that lawmakers pointed out would have been far cheaper to buy.

CMS and DHS sought two sites in fall 2015 for data storage and for a telecommunications center. Leases went to two companies, but in summer 2016, the agencies switched...