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Travel Update 20-01

To: Agency Travel Coordinators

From: Anthony Pascente, Chairman

Date: June 28, 2019

Subject: FY20 Travel Guide for State of Illinois Employees

The Fiscal Year 2020 Travel Guide for State Employees will be available July 1, 2019 at:

The Travel Guide contains information about State employee travel. The Guide also contains the Fiscal Year 2020 Preferred Hotel Listing, a comprehensive guide to hotels that offer State employees quality accommodations at a discounted rate. The Preferred Hotel Listing is designed to assist travelers in locating hotels and identifying services to fit their specific needs. Employees are required to contact preferred hotels first when seeking overnight accommodations.

Please note that the maximum reimbursement rates for certain areas have increased:

Chicago Metro (City of Chicago) - Federal Rate
Suburban Cook - $131.00
Counties of DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry and Will - $95.00 (formerly $80.00)
Counties of Champaign, Kankakee, LaSalle, McLean, Macon, Madison, Peoria, Rock Island, St. Clair, Sangamon, Tazewell and Winnebago - $85.00 (formerly $70.00)
All other counties - $75.00 (formerly $60.00).

The rates listed in the Preferred Hotel Listing are valid for travel on or after July 1, 2019 and will remain in effect through June 30, 2020, although rates may be based on availability. Direct billing is not a requirement for a hotel to be listed as a Preferred Hotel.

The online Travel Guide contains the most up to date information available. For this reason, we will no longer provide a printable PDF version of the complete Travel Guide.

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