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Travel Update 14-05

TO: Agency Travel Coordinators
FROM: Simone McNeil, Chairman
DATE: February 24, 2014
SUBJECT: *EFFECTIVE March 1, 2014 — Rate returns to the negotiated rate of $130.00 for Cook County

Please take immediate note of a change impacting state employee travel in Cook County, including within the Chicago Metro area.

In Travel Update 14-02, the Governor’s Travel Control Board advised that, due to a change in lodging rates set by the Federal General Services Administration (the “GSA”), the Board’s negotiated uniform State rate for participating hotels in Cook County (the “State rate”) had been lowered to $128.00 for the months of December 2013 and January and February 2014.

As a reminder, effective March 1, 2014, the State rate will return to its previous rate of $130.00. This rate change applies to hotel charges in connection with State business-related travel incurred on or after March 1, 2014.

As the appointed Travel Coordinator for your Agency, it is your responsibility to disseminate the guidance contained in this Travel Update to all appropriate personnel within your Agency. If you have questions please contact Kelley Wells, State Travel Coordinator, Governor's Travel Control Board, at (217) 782-4705.


John D’Allesandro, Member
Amanda Sutton, Member