Aldermen Spend $73,280 Taxypayer-Funded Expense Accounts On Cars, Friends And Family

09/16/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • Hal Dardick Chicago Tribune

Chicago aldermen have used their newly expanded, taxpayer-funded expense accounts to hire relatives, lease expensive vehicles and pay for downtown parking, according to a Tribune analysis.

The money -- up to $73,280 for each of the 50 City Council members -- comes from a budget line that gives aldermen wide discretion to cover an array of expenses related to official duties.

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