Once Home of Phantom Voters, Illinois Now Home of Phantom Congressional Districts
Picking up on a story from ABC News about stimulus jobs created in phantom congressional districts, I sorted the Illinois job count spreadsheet from Recovery.gov by recipient congressional district, and I found jobs/awards reported for the following “districts”:
Notes the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, “On its Web site, the federal government is attributing about $6.5 million in stimulus spending to non-existent congressional districts in Illinois.”
This isn’t the first time I’ve delved into the Illinois stimulus spreadsheet. You can read about the other problems I found with the stimulus’s job counts, including guesses and obvious miscounts.
Download the Illinois spreadsheet for yourself from Recovery.gov.
Read more at Illinois Policy Institute
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