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Acting DNR head racks up travel cash

February 20, 2008 at 07:49 AM

Here we go again, another travel controversy courtesy of a member of Gov. Blagojevich’s administration.

Only this time the cost to taxpayers is not being racked up by the governor himself.

This time the controversy centers around Sam Flood, who is in his second year acting as director of the Department of Conservation. According to reports today in the Decatur Herald & Review, Flood is on pace to rack up nearly $10,000 in travel reimbursements this year merely for going to work.Illinois Outdoors

Reporter Kurt Erickson writes in today’s Herald & Review that Flood has “received special permission from the Blagojevich administration to collect housing and meal money when he works at the agency’s headquarters in Springfield. The travel money is on top of his $120,000 salary and the use of a 2000 Ford Crown Victoria from the state motor pool.”

Click here to read Erickson’s complete story.

Blagojevich’s staff claims that having Flood in his position saves the state $200,000, since Flood holds two jobs at the same time: assistant director and director of the DNR. Of course, that has nothing to do with his driving allotment.

And it does seem curious that Flood would be paid merely to go to work in Springfield. Flood lives in Belleville and is averaging $765 per month in travel month for driving to the DNR headquarters in Springfield. He also receives up to $550 per month for a rental property in Springfield.

Flood’s salary as an acting director has also increased 65 percent since Blagojevich took office in 2003 and now rivals that of other agency heads.

Flood has also been accused of using his position to give his son, Scott, a supervisory position in the DNR.

Erickson reports that compared to other agency heads, Flood’s arrangement appears to be unique. Consider that:

  • While Chuck Hartke, director of the Illinois Department of Agriculture will rack up more than $14,000 in travel money, that includes travel to out-of-state meetings on at least four occasions.
  • Out-of-state travel also accounts for a portion of the $8,000 in reimbursements Department on Aging Director Charles Johnson is on pace to receive.
  • Finally, Maureen O’Donnell, acting director of the Department of Central Management Services, has averaged $353 per month in travel expenses.

Former Rep. Kurt Granberg is expected to be named head of the DNR. Now that news of Flood’s sweet deal has been announced, Granberg’s appointment may happen sooner rather than later.

 

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Should surprise no one. With our illustrious two faced jacka$$ governor racking up $6000 plane rides to go to work for overtime sessions, why wouldn’t every other scum sucking low life politician he appoints not follow suit. Typical limousine liberal. Do what I say, not what I do. I wish their were some republicans left in this state that had a set of balls and would call out these hypocritical talking out of the back of their head dumocraps. Didn’t the good governor Rod run on cleaning up IL, no more business as usual. Give me a freaking break.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 02/20 at 10:16 AM

It is a sad day for our state goverment.We should be able to do better than this.the coruption is wide spread and spreading wider…

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 02/20 at 07:45 PM

This goes along great with the announcement of a 40% cut in the DNR budget.  I would guess that THIS part won’t get cut out.

Posted by KC-IBS on 02/20 at 08:41 PM

Glad to see this when CPOs and biologists don’t have enough funds to do their jobs.  Like no gas.
Another great mismanagement of DNR funding. We should really do something about this freak we have in the capital that refuses to live south of Chicago.  He is too good for that.  Lets do what California did and get this penis impeached.  BLAGODICK just takes care of his boys and this guy is another monkey see, monkey do situation.  Remember, our wonderful Gov spend $6000 on flights back and forth from Chicago to Springfield.  Great use of our tax dollars.  Take care of those boys.
Didn’t we have a Governor tried and convicted for taking care of his boys?  Maybe we shouldn’t impeach, we should just hope for jail!!!!

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 02/20 at 10:11 PM

Maybe we could get Chaney to take these guys hunting with him. Maybe he would mistake them for quail or the actual varmits that they are !

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 02/21 at 04:17 PM

Ole MONKEYFACE BAG-O-LIES is really running this state in the ground!
Wish we could find another Jim Edgar to be the top man!

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 02/24 at 07:52 AM

Flood is burning through $1350 per month at a time when the wardens who are actually doing the work get $150 per month to run their outdated 100,000+ mile trucks. Sickening

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 02/25 at 07:08 AM

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