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Carbondale Mayor responds to alleged questionable expense reports

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CARBONDALE --  When Carbondale Mayor Mike Henry saw the headline on the Illinois News Network's website Monday saying he had been reimbursed for a conference he didn't attend he was confused.

INN, the media arm of the Chicago-based conservative think tank Illinois Policy Institute, reported Henry was reimbursed more than $800 for the mid-September Illinois Municipal League conference in Chicago. despite not going.

Henry refutes that claim.

"There is definitely no money coming back to me in any form whatsoever," he said.

He says he didn't attend the conference because he was sick, and he was never reimbursed for any of the costs because everything was bought on a city credit card, not a personal one.

"This was a city credit card issued to me by the city," Henry said. "Nothing goes on the credit card except city expenses."

And records show most of the listed expenses cited in the INN article have already been refunded to the city. 

News 3 obtained the Carbondale's expense reports from the conference, and while the report does show expenses of about 830 dollars under Henry's name, nearly 700 of it is from two refundable plane tickets the city has since been reimbursed for.

The refund was not shown in the expense reports because the city did not have the cost of the flights returned, but was rather credited for future travel.

The other 148 dollars listed in the expense report comes from the cost of airline insurance and the cancellation costs for the conference, both of which Mayor Henry says he is going to reimburse the city for. 

"I'm definitely not getting any money," Henry said. "I'm actually paying for that part that was canceled."

City manager Gary Williams attended the conference, which is designed to educate city officials on best practices and becoming more efficient, at a cost of about 1100 dollars to taxpayers.

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