State agency not abiding law

By Kelsey Gibbs |

Published 08/21 2014 08:28PM

Updated 08/25 2014 10:07AM

ILLINOIS -- If you disobey the law, you're in trouble. But, how about state agencies? At least one appears to play by its own rules. WCIA-3's Kelsey Gibbs spoke with residents who are upset with Central Management Services.

"I think all rules should be abided by for everybody not just one or another."

Emmanuel Woods, of Springfield, believes most people do that, even if they don't agree.

"I disagree with a lot of things that's occurring but, as me being a citizen of the United States of America and a veteran, I got to abide by all rules and regulations."

CMS was mandated by statute in 2012 to expand a state employee database to include city employees. But, a lack of money is the reason why this state agency isn't following the rules.

"I don't believe not having enough money gives you an excuse not to abide by the law."

CMS released a statement: "At the time of this bill's hearing, CMS's preliminary estimate of the upfront cost of implementation was $480,000 and ongoing annual costs were $240,000 after year one."

Lawmakers like Representative Jack Franks, who sponsored the legislation, says money was never mentioned during the drafting of the bill.

Springfield resident, Amber Francis, says she too doesn't have a strong budget, but that doesn't stop her from staying within the law.

"If I drive my vehicle without having insurance if I can afford it or not I still have to scrape together enough money to be able to be within the law."

Representative Franks says he issued a letter to the governor urging him to take action.

CMS' statement continued, "...will work with legislators, municipalities, and library districts to implement this law in the most cost effective and transparent way possible."

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