Gas Guzzlers

WBBM-AM’s Bernie Tafoya reports that eight of Illinois’s 19 U.S. congressmen lease vehicles at taxpayer expense. Which, as it turns out, is perfectly legal.

Four of the eight congressmen named in the report represent districts that include Chicago:

* Bobby Rush, who, the report says, leases a 2007 Lincoln Navigator for $746/month and gets 12 miles per gallon city/17 mpg highway.

* Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., who leases a 2007 Ford Expedition for $1161/month which gets 12 mpg city/18 mpg highway.

* Rep. Luis Gutierrez, who leases a 2006 Honda Civic hybrid for $366/month which gets 40 mpg city/45 mpg highway. (Good for him!)

* Rep. Danny Davis, who was leasing a Mercury Marquis for $265/month but was trading it in to lease a Saturn Vue.

(- story found via CapitolFaxBlog)

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