- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 28, 2014

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - An Illinois Senate panel has approved a plan that would beef up oversight of state grants.

The proposal calls for adopting federal regulations for grant funds. It also would establish a unit within the governor’s Office of Management and Budget to give regular updates, among other things.

Democratic state Sen. Dan Kotowski is a sponsor and says the idea is to improve transparency. The Senate Executive Committee approved the plan Wednesday.

However, Republicans expressed doubt, particularly in light of recent issues with Gov. Pat Quinn’s 2010 troubled anti-violence program. A state audit this year detailed mismanagement and misspending.

Republican state Sen. Matt Murphy raised concerns over the proposal hinging on the governor's office policing itself.

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Bill: HB2747 (Senate Amendment 3)

Online: http://www.ilga.gov