IL Comptroller announces new website portal showing state spending on asylum seekers

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ILLINOIS (WCIA) — The Illinois Office of Comptroller’s website now features a portal that shows spending related to the state’s influx of asylum seekers.

Since November 2023, more than $31 million in expenditures for asylum seekers has been reported in Illinois. The portal site displays a list of individual spendings and related information, including vendor’s names, which agency paid them, which state fund the money came from, contract information, and the total amount paid.

“While the state is incurring expenses that, frankly, should be paid by the federal government, I want to make sure that taxpayers know exactly what the state is spending money on when it comes to the arrival and care of asylum seekers,” Comptroller Susana A. Mendoza said.

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State officials clarified that certain expenditures, such as benefits for homeless populations, may not be listed on the website even though they may involve migrants. This is because those spendings are not specifically directed at the migrant population. However, the newly-provided list includes all spending aimed toward asylum seekers, as reported by state agencies.

Governor J.B. Pritzker announced last week that he is putting $182 million towards accommodating the migrants. Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle is also putting $70 million in county funds towards the effort.

“I encourage Cook County and the city of Chicago to offer similar portals showing their spending on this important issue,” Mendoza said. “We especially urge the federal government, which should bear the entirety of the responsibility for this issue, to disclose all its spending.”

The new portal can be found at https://illinoiscomptroller.gov/asylum-seekers.

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