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Audit: Ill. property inventory lacks basic details

SPRINGFIELD – An audit finds the agency that keeps track of all Illinois state property does a poor job.

Auditor General William Holland's review Thursday shows the Department of Central Management Services' inventory includes only a fraction of what the state controls.

The review says the department has made little progress in developing a computerized list required by state law.

CMS spokesman Mike Claffey says it has all the records about its property – just not in a central depository. He says that would be too expensive.

The audit did find that CMS reduced state lease costs by $55 million a year since 2009. But it faulted CMS for not always checking for state-owned space and leasing property without visiting it first.

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Online: http://www.auditor.illinois.gov/

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