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Rep. Allen Skillicorn, R-East Dundee, is asking officials to reimburse the village for hotel expenses at the Hilton Chicago Hotel.
Skillicorn spoke out during the village's Committee of the Whole meeting Tuesday.
"For a conference and a banquet so close to home, the idea of staying in a luxury hotel versus taking the train doesn't seem appropriate to me," Skillicorn said.
Village President Russ Ruzanski, Village Clerk Crystal Ulen, Finance Director Shane Johnson, Village Administrator Jen Clough and Trustees Stephen Harlfinger, Ray Bogdanowski, Bob Huckins, David McPhee and Suzanne Artinghelli attended the conference. Registration fees to attend the conference were $2,790.
Clough said a larger number of people attended this year because four elected officials were new, and Ruzanski is the newly appointed president.
"They are responsible for making important decisions and setting our policies and budget, and they need expertise and education to do so," Clough said.