Two state employees are appealing discipline they received for taking state-owned chairs with a state-owned truck for a private party. They’re also pointing the finger at others who abused state resources, including borrowing power tools for private use and performing private vehicle maintenance with state resources on state-time.
The Illinois Times reports a laborer and a maintenance worker were captured on surveillance cameras Christmas Eve last year taking an unknown number of chairs. When they were investigated, IT reports the workers said borrowing state-owned equipment was common practice and supervisors knew it. During the investigation the workers provided numerous examples of other instances where other employees borrowed tools or did private work on public time. Recent reports from the Auditor General indicate more than half a million dollars of Department of Agriculture equipment has either been lost or stolen since 2005.