Drinking on the taxpayers' dime:
Well, it's good to see that the Wheaton Park District is finally putting a little accountability into how it doles out per diem travel expenses for its commissioners and staff. Yes, it's time to retire the envelopes of cash. But park board commissioners really missed the forest for the trees when, against their own staff's recommendation, they decided to allow officials to use per diems to purchase alcohol. The board apparently thought banning imbibing would be too draconian. Perhaps so, but why should the taxpayers have to foot the bill? It's bad enough that so many local government agencies send officials to conventions in downtown …
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Publication information: Article title: Editorials. Contributors: Not available. Newspaper title: Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL). Publication date: July 22, 2006. Page number: 14. © 2009 Paddock Publications. COPYRIGHT 2006 Gale Group.
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