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You may have no idea what the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago does (it treats and releases the wastewater produced in most of Cook County) or why it's important to the environment (because otherwise we'd have a whole lot of untreated sewage in our waterways). Regardless, if you live around here, you're helping pay for its nine commissioners to cruise around in gas-guzzling SUVs and Crown Vics wherever they want, whenever they want. Last June commissioner Patricia Young spent at least $250 in taxpayer funds on gas as she drove 1,254 miles in her 2005 Ford Explorer (purchased for $27,325 in public finances)--and that was long before gas topped $4 a gallon. Was all the driving job related? Who knows? The district doesn't make her keep detailed records, and at the end of 2007 Young estimated that only 57 percent of the miles she put on the car last year had anything to do with district work.

Not to pick on Young alone . . .

 

 

COMMISSIONER

CAR

BUSINESS MILES, 2007

PERSONAL MILES

TOTAL

% BIZ

PATRICIA YOUNG

2005 FORD EXPLORER

5392

4061

9453

57%

TERRY O'BRIEN

2006 FORD CROWN VIC

10781

6760

17541

61%

DEBRA SHORE

2004 FORD CROWN VIC

4481

0

4481

100%

GLORIA MAJEWSKI

2006 CHRYSLER 300C

0

14699

14699

0%

FRANK AVILA

2006 FORD CROWN VIC

13905

4635

18540

75%

KATHLEEN THERESE MEANY

2004 FORD CROWN VIC

2674

6619

9293

29%

CYNTHIA SANTOS

2004 FORD EXPLORER

6000

5189

11189

54%

BARBARA MCGOWAN

2006 FORD CROWN VIC

3887

1400

5287

74%

PATRICIA HORTON

2006 FORD CROWN VIC

13910

4637

18547

75%

 

 

61030

48000

109030

56%

Check out the story in this week's issue if you want to find out WTF.

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