Mar 6, 2015 5:46 PM

Illinois US Rep. Schock announces new review of spending

The Associated Press

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 ( ) 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.


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