Jesiel Appointed to Public Funding Watchdog

This week, State Representative Sheri Jesiel (R-Winthrop Harbor) was reappointed to serve on the Legislative Audit Commission by House Republican Leader Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs). The commission serves as the watchdog for how state agencies utilize public funds.

“I appreciate that House Leader Durkin has reappointed me to serve on the Audit Commission,” said Jesiel. “As the Governor noted last week, in the past two years we have been able to move the needle forward to reduce bureaucratic red tape and streamline how some of our state agencies operate. However, the state is still in a dire financial situation and this reality makes the work of the Audit Commission a critical component to reducing wasteful use of public dollars to ensure we can relieve the burden already placed on taxpayers without sacrificing important care for our most vulnerable.”

The Legislative Audit Commission is responsible for the oversight of the State Audit Program, review of the stewardship of public funds, and the monitoring action to correct weaknesses disclosed by the audits of state agencies. The commission consists of 12 legislators appointed by the General Assembly leadership and is equally apportioned between the two houses and political parties.

Primary responsibilities of the commission are:
  • Public hearings on all major audits of State agencies to review problems, assess agency stewardship, and secure remedial action.
  • Initiation and review of management and program audits and investigations. 
  • Make recommendations to the General Assembly and agency management for corrective legislation and other measures to remedy weaknesses disclosed through audits or at Commission hearings. 
  • Monitoring agency progress in implementing corrective action.

Jesiel brings an import component to the commission as one of the only General Assembly members who is a CPA. As an accountant and business manager who has worked in both the corporate and non-profit sectors, Jesiel also brings a background of experience in the administration of pensions and retirement plans.

To learn more about the commission, Click Here.

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