Illinois US Rep. Schock announces new review of spending
PEORIA, Ill. (AP) An Illinois congressman says he's making several improvements to his record-keeping practices amid a growing scandal over using public money on flights, entertainment and office decorations.
The (Peoria) Journal-Star reports (http://bit.ly/1x1y6SC ) U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock announced Friday he's hired third-party firms to oversee spending by his congressional and campaign operations. The Peoria Republican also says he's hired a local accountant to review office procedures.
The 33-year-old congressman has been under scrutiny for expenses, including using congressional funds to redecorate his Capitol Hill office in the style of the television show Downton Abbey and a taxpayer-paid flight to Chicago to see a Bears football game.
A liberal-leaning group, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, requested an investigation by the Office of Congressional Ethics. The panel reviews complaints against House members.