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State news outlet questions Quincy spending at September conference

A Illinois news outet reports Quincy spent almost $18,000 in hotel expenses last September in Chicago. The money was spent for several staff and elected officials for Illinois Municipal League's annual conference.

A Illinois news outlet reports Quincy spent almost $18,000 in hotel expenses last September in Chicago. The money was spent for several staff and elected officials for Illinois Municipal League's annual conference.

Mayor Moore said Monday night at city council that just isn't the case.

The story was written by a reporter with Illinois News Network.

Moore said, "The story mingles a tax levy vote with general fund obligations." Moore added the tax levy is only for public safety pension, public library, and debt.

Moore said he feels this story is not an attack on Quincy but an attack on the Illinois Municipal League.

He also stated elected officials and leadership deserve the opportunity to learn from other communities.

"I think we have been more transparent during my administration when addressing training," Moore explained. "It used to be a line item in our budget. it did not go before our city council for approval. This now goes before council for approval."

Moore said his administration also changed policies regarding the amount city employees are eligible to receive for out of town travel.

The second term mayor said the city only gives "per diem" based on days attending and only reimbursement for meal if not served at the conference. He added everything the city has done has been adopted by the city council.

You can read the original story on the Illinois News Network website by clicking here.

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