The Tribune has a long story today on a different sort of political pork.
In a new kind of political pork, state officials awarded $12 million to more than 100 non-profit groups, businesses, schools and churches for after-school programs that, in some cases, served few students or failed to deliver on their promises, the Tribune has found.
The sister of a state senator got $25,000 to run a drama program that had only four students.
A Chicago woman and her son received $30,000 to teach a hip-hop exercise class for 12 to 20 students at a shopping mall.
A religious group was given $30,000 to run an arts program at an elementary school, but never did. Instead, two group members patrolled the lunchroom and counseled some students about behavior problems.
And $5,180 of the after-school money went to pay off debts–including an old tuition bill–that recipients owed the state.
Read the whole thing. Fascinating.