By: Diane Benjamin
On a tip from a reader I FOIA’d 2 years of credit card charges from District 87. I’m not anywhere close to looking at everything yet. I will post items I found as I go through the files.
Start with this one from July 2017:
No, Barry Reilly didn’t spend all that money himself. 13 people attended a conference in Chicago and of course stayed overnight: See all the attendees here: Chicago conference The cost includes $465 for each person plus a $200 deposit for housing. The event took place in November, so there are additional expenses for the 13. Why did 13 need to go? Why not when taxpayers get the bill! I do have a few train receipts but that doesn’t cover transportation for all 13.
These guys love to eat, some receipts are marked, some aren’t. Potbelly is labeled Stem Boot Camp. Keep in mind, school is not in session in June.
Cindy Helmers bought 5 IPad Touch directly from Apple. There isn’t a credit for the Sales Tax charged in July or August, so taxpayers paid it:
Jim Peterson went to something in San Antonio Texas. He rented a car while he was there for I think 5 days – $529.44. I know two other people went with him: Chris Holt and Kristi Sutter. From this food bill there might have been a fourth person, eating well is easy when you are not paying:
I wonder if Chris Holt took somebody along:
The hotel for 5 days was a little over $1000 each.
Misc Food bought in town:
All dated on different days in June. Click to enlarge.
This one is interesting. Jim Peterson bought some domain names that aren’t being used as far as I can tell. He spent almost $1800:
The receipts I have only total $247.38, I received nothing for the rest. I don’t believe any of the purchased domains are being used, at least not publicly.
See everything received for July 2017 here, I might have missed something: 07-2017
23 more files to go, let me know if you want to help.