The Big Spenders—and What They Charged

When it comes to using campaign funds to enhance their lifestyles, these Illinois pols have few rivals. Figures are from the funds’ filings from the start of 2007 to third quarter 2012. PLUS: They charged whaatt?!

Joe Berrios, Richard Mell, Michael J. Madigan, and Jesse White
Hey, big spenders!: (from left) Joe Berrios, Richard Mell, Michael J. Madigan, and Jesse White
 

DINING
on the campaign

Joe Berrios, Cook County Assesor (D): $186,080
Edward Acevedo, State Representative (D-Chicago): $65,979
Al Larson, Mayor of Schaumburg: $64,677
George Cardenas, 12th Ward Alderman (D): $53,289
Lou Lang, State Representative (D-Skokie): $52,129

 

CARS
(bought or leased)

Jesse White, Secretary of State (D): $77,732
Patrick O’Connor, 40th Ward Alderman (D): $48,915
Roger Claar, Mayor of Bolingbrook: $45,305
Dave Syverson, State Senator (R-Rockford): $44,400
Lou Lang, State Representative (D-Skokie): $42,523

 

OFFICE RENT
paid to themselves

Richard Mell, 33rd Ward Alderman (D): $231,000
Tom Tunney, 44th Ward Alderman (D): $72,000
Edward Burke, 14th Ward Alderman (D): $37,400
Dwight Welch, Mayor of Country Club Hills: $28,750
Barrett Pedersen, Mayor of Franklin Park: $20,800

 

SPORTS TICKETS
Go Bulls!

Michael J. Madigan, Speaker of the House (D): $912,782
John Cullerton, Senate President (D): $309,743
Patrick O’Connor, 40th Ward Alderman (D): $71,237
Ronald Serpico Sr., Mayor of Melrose Park: $55,524
John Daley, Cook County Commissioner (D): $52,203

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They Charged Whaat?! (to their campaign funds)

$3,849 for airfare to Turkey in 2012
Michelle Harris, 8th Ward Alderman (D)

$5,180 for parking tickets from 2007 to 2012
George Cardenas, 12th Ward Alderman (D)

$6,152 for a Segway in 2009
David Harris, State Representative (R-Arlington Heights)

$9,122 for Broadway in Chicago tickets from 2007 to 2012
Ronald M. Serpico Sr., Mayor of Melrose Park

$10,500 for one day of poll watching in 2010
Derrick Smith, State Representative (D-Chicago)

 

Photography: (Mell, Berrios) Heather Charles/Chicago Tribune; (Madigan) Chris Walker/Chicago Tribune; (White) Nancy Stone/Chicago Tribune; (all others) istockphoto

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