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 Chicago and put those officials up in a hotel on the taxpayers' dime. Perhaps the park board should save its drinking money and hire a public relations firm instead. And, boy, things sure have changed in Wheaton, which once was a dry community.
...and speaking of wasted money:
Isn't there a joke about how many government officials it takes to change a light bulb? If so, the punch line is they'd have to hire a consultant to do a study first. Well, for once, a group of elected officials have admitted that one of these studies was an utter waste of time and money. Wood Dale's city council hired a firm for $91,000 to study the feasibility of different scenarios for establishing a new town center. Aldermen got the results of the study this week - and angrily concluded it didn't tell them anything they didn't already know. Luckily for local taxpayers, most of the money for the study came from a Regional Transportation Authority grant, not local coffers.
Dandruff case cleaned up:
When Vito Delpriore forgot his hat at a burglary scene in April 2002, he inadvertently helped DuPage County sheriff's detectives crack the cold case and resulted in the 24-year-old Addison man being convicted of home invasion and burglary. …