PI Original Josh Kalven Saturday November 29th, 2008, 1:14pm

Stroger: A Living, Breathing Case For Better Recycling Programs

The waste and excess exhibited by Cook County Board President Todd Stroger's administration is extensive.  But the most embarassing item on the list has to be ... paper. 

Yes, paper.

This week, Stroger's staff released its 2009 budget document, only to find ...

The waste and excess exhibited by Cook County Board President Todd Stroger's administration is extensive.  But the most embarassing item on the list has to be ... paper. 

Yes, paper.

This week, Stroger's staff released its 2009 budget document, only to find themselves quickly recalling all copies:

Cook County Board President Todd Stroger's $2.9 billion budget proposal -- which he refused to release publicly after making his budget address on Tuesday -- was so rife with miscalculations that critics say it's nearly impossible to get a clear picture of the county's finances. [...]

On Wednesday, Stroger's staff "demanded" some commissioners return the error-riddled copies while corrected versions are being made.

This isn't an isolated incident.  Back in July, the Stroger administration spent nearly $25,000 on the first issue of Cook County magazine, the brainchild of the county's substantial PR operation.  But unlike the budget -- which briefly made its way into the hands of the county commissioners -- it never saw the light of day:

Stroger spokesman Eugene Mullins said he has 5,000 copies of the issue in his office -- and that's where they'll stay.

"I was asked to review it and decided not to distribute it -- not because of content, but errors and omissions in the article" about John Stroger, Mullins said. "Judging on grammatical stuff -- something misspelled or that's not a complete sentence -- falls back on the president. And this is a Cook County magazine. I have to find a way to get rid of them. I'm not distributing them."

I think it's time the Illinois Recycling Grant Program created a collection program outside 188 N. Clark St.

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