The state owns and leases property all over Illinois but does not do a good job of keeping track of it, according to a state audit. A state audit in 2004 found there is no master list of real property. Auditor General William G. Holland says practically no progress has been made since then. His office has released a new audit of the Illinois Department of Central Management Services space utilization efforts.
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The record-keeping is so sloppy, the audit says, it's missing 33 state parks and eight of nine universities. While most of the lingering surplus properties are from the past decade, there’s an exception. “The Mine Rescue Station in LaSalle, Ill., was declared surplus on March 18 of 1969,” Holland says. “It's still surplus.”