Cook County commissioners socialize ahead of the full board meeting on April 12, 2017.

County officials came prepared Wednesday for questions from the press and commissioners about $1.6 million in misspent funds at the Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM). The problem, officials said, was that DHSEM didn’t get approval before spending the money. That meant the $1.6 million they already spent will have to come from the county’s corporate fund, instead of from a pot of grant money. The department’s interim executive director, Mark Edingburg, presented a multi-step plan aimed at making sure DHSEM–which is largely funded by federal grants–stays within those grant requirements so the county isn’t left holding the bag in the future.

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