(60 ILCS 1/80-10)
Sec. 80-10. Board meetings; township and road district accounts.
(a) The township board shall meet at the township clerk's office for the purpose of examining and auditing the township and road district accounts before any bills (other than general assistance, obligations for Social Security taxes as required by the Social Security Enabling Act, and wages that are subject to the Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act, or other expenses determined by the township board by resolution) are paid, provided that payments made pursuant to a board resolution shall be reviewed and verified at the next meeting. The board may meet at other times as they determine. The township board may consider and approve bills individually or in a summary statement of any number of bills.
(e) All meetings of the township board shall be open to the public as provided in the Open Meetings Act.
(Source: P.A. 98-1174, eff. 1-12-15.)
(60 ILCS 1/80-15)
Sec. 80-15. Supervisor and highway commissioner accounts.
(a) The township board shall, at the same time and place as stated in Section 80-10, examine the accounts of the supervisor (including all contingent expenses necessarily incurred for the use and benefit of the township and including the supervisor's accounts as supervisor of general assistance) and of the commissioner of highways of the township for all moneys received and distributed by them. The board shall also examine and audit (i) all charges and claims against their township and against their road district (if not part of a consolidated township road district) and (ii) the compensation of all township officers (except the compensation of supervisors for county services).
(b) The examination and audit of the accounts of the supervisor as the supervisor of general assistance and the accounts pertaining to Social Security tax payments are not required to be conducted before payments for Social Security taxes and general assistance are made by the supervisor. No examination and audit is required before the payment of wages that are subject to the Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act.
(Source: P.A. 85-526; 88-62.)
The law is clear - Financial assistance to the poor can be made without prior approval, but, this account is to be examined by the Board of Trustees.