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Travel Update 17-02

TO: Agency Travel Coordinators
FROM: Trey Childress, Chairman
DATE: August 10, 2016
SUBJECT: Utilization of Airbnb

The State of Illinois requires employees who are traveling on official State of Illinois business travel to contact hotels listed in the Preferred Hotel listing first when seeking overnight accommodations. While the online marketing site Airbnb may at times offer lodging within or lower than the maximum lodging rate in certain areas, the State of Illinois will not reimburse employees who choose to obtain lodging through Airbnb while traveling on State of Illinois business.

Again, the use of Airbnb is not allowed for official State of Illinois business travel and employees choosing to utilize Airbnb will not be reimbursed for their lodging.

As the appointed Travel Coordinator for your agency, it is your responsibility to disseminate this information to all appropriate personnel within your agency. If you have questions, please contact Kelley Wells, State Travel Coordinator at (217) 782-4705 or by email at