Party Cost $79K Meant For Flood Repair

A party at the Brookfield Zoo for families affected by flooding cost nearly $79,000. That was federal grant money meant to restore flood-damaged h0mes.

CHICAGO (AP) – Newly-released county documents show that Cook County Board President Todd Stroger’s administration took nearly $79,000 in federal grant money intended to restore flood-damaged homes and used it to treat flood-affected families to a party at Brookfield Zoo. The event was called “a family resource day.”

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An invoice obtained by the Chicago Tribune showed the Sept. 12 event included picnic baskets for as many as 2,250 people, a prize raffle, a disc jockey, a face painter, a juggler and a stilt walker. There also was a music therapy workshop.

Flood victims also received tips on how to remove mold, job training and health screenings.

Stroger spokesman Marcel Bright declined to comment Tuesday, saying the handling of $10.3 million federal disaster relief grant is being probed by Inspector General Patrick Blanchard.

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  • mike

    With such poor decision making skills how is it that he’s the president of anything but idiots! If he can’t do a competant job he NEEDS to be replaced with someone who can do the job!

    Ah what the hell lets just have a party, everybody likes parties!

  • jason

    This guy needs to go!! It is clear as day he is no good and why is no one doing something about it. This goes to show how much people care!! I rather have my home fixed than eating hot dogs at the zoo !!

  • A L

    where is the standing ovation crowd now? When you folks get the real figures on Urkel’s (Stroger) mismanagement of funds, I hope all of those that stood up can be found with Hypocrit around their neck. Stroger never should have lasted this long in our county seat. He was nothing like his father, in that respect. Stroger will leave a mess for the new president Tony P and it will take her a long while to find all of Urkel’s disasters. This picnic is nothing compared to how many others he had messed up. Just wait folks. Officials you need to stop being a hypocrit and tell only the facts and help our city become positive again.

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