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Comptroller: Washington Park negligent on reports

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By Brendan Marks By Brendan Marks

WASHINGTON PARK, Ill. -- Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka says the village of Washington Park in southern Illinois hasn’t submitted necessary financial reports for seven years.

Topinka said on Thursday that she’s asked the Illinois attorney general to investigate. Local governments in Illinois are required to final annual financial reports, audits and reports on tax increment financing. Topinka’s office says Washington Park hasn’t filed its annual financial reports or audits in seven years. She says the village has never filed a report for its 2004 TIF.

Topinka says her office tried to bring Washington Park into compliance. When that failed the comptroller retained an independent auditing firm to look into the village’s records. But Topinka says the village didn’t complete the audit.

A village attorney did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment.

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