REPORT DIGEST

 

DRYCLEANER ENVIRONMENTAL RESPONSE TRUST FUND COUNCIL

COMPLIANCE EXAMINATION
For the Year Ended June 30, 2010

 

Release Date: July 28, 2011

 

Summary of Findings:

Total this audit: 1

Total last audit:1

Repeated from last audit: 1

 

State of Illinois, Office of the Auditor General

WILLIAM G. HOLLAND, AUDITOR GENERAL

 

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INTRODUCTION

 

The Drycleaner Environmental Response Trust Fund Council (Council) oversees the licensure of all retail drycleaning facilities in the State of Illinois.The Council also reimburses drycleaner facilities for costs of remedial action for solvent releases, which occurred in fiscal years 1998 through 2006.The Council offers insurance to facilities to insure against solvent release cleanup costs subsequent to fiscal year 2006.The Council has contracted with a third party administrator to conduct daily operations and fiscal and administrative duties, under the oversight of the Council.

 

SYNOPSIS

 

ē Council member appointments or reappointments had not been made as required by statute.

 

FINDING, CONCLUSION, AND RECOMMENDATION

 

EXPIRED COUNCIL MEMBER APPOINTMENTS

 

During fiscal year 2010, the appointed terms had expired for seven of seven (100%) Council members.The appointed terms had been expired for two to four years as of June 30, 2010. (Finding 1, Page 9)This finding was first reported in 2007.

 

We recommended the Council continue to work with the Governorís Office to obtain current appointments as soon as possible.

 

Council representatives stated council members have applied for reappointment.Representatives further stated that beyond continued contacts with the Governorís Office, the appointments are outside the Councilís control.

We will review the Councilís progress toward implementing our recommendation in our next examination.

 

AUDITORSí OPINION

 

We conducted a compliance examination of the Drycleaner Environmental Response Trust Fund Council in accordance with the Illinois State Auditing Act.We have not audited any financial statements of the Commission for the purpose of expressing an opinion because the Commission does not, nor is it required to, prepare financial statements.

 

 

WILLIAM G. HOLLAND

Auditor General

 

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AUDITORS ASSIGNED

 

This examination was performed by staff of the Office of the Auditor General.

DIGEST FOOTNOTE

 

#1 EXPIREDCOUNCIL MEMBER APPOINTMENTS Ė Previous Council Response

 

2009: The Council agreed with this finding.As noted in the report, council members have applied for reappointment directly and online. The council has and will continue to follow up with the Governorís Office to secure current appointments and reappointments in the case of expired terms. Beyond making these contacts, the appointments are outside the Councilís control.