The Daily Outrage: Floating in a picnic basket

WHO: Cook County, Ill. Board President Todd Stroger.

WHAT: Victims of a major 2008 flood, some of whom have waited years for compensation from the county's federally funded disaster grant program, still haven't received their disaster grants. So several of them were recently miffed, when the program blew thousands of dollars on a picnic for them at the Brookfield zoo. When asked by the local ABC affiliate, the county government was unable to produce documentation on how $10 million in federal funds from the program had been spent.

WHY IT'S AN OUTRAGE: As one flood victim put it, “If a man is drowning, you throw him a rope, you don't throw him a party.”

WHERE TO VENT: Call the Cook County disaster grant program at 312-603-7600.

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