Illinois Closes Health Centers, Leaves Records

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A state audit has found that Gov. Pat Quinn’s administration left behind tractors, a forklift, computers, and confidential patient and employee records when it closed three Department of Human Services facilities.

The report by Auditor General William Holland – released Thursday – says officials failed to follow proper inventory and shut-down procedures when it closed centers in Jacksonville, Rockford and Tinley Park in 2012.

The audit even found that another department delivered $1,000 worth of bread and juice to the Rockford site 30 days after it closed.

Auditors found boxes and filing cabinets of confidential information at each site up to 13 months after they closed.

DHS blamed “oversight” for the problem and a spokeswoman says the agency has developed a comprehensive plan for facility closure.

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