SPRINGFIELD – Illinois taxpayers have spent $65 million on groceries through April of this year.
The data come from the Illinois Comptroller’s Office. The Pantagraph in Bloomington reported that the money was spent on everything from frozen fish to vegetables to feed prisoners, developmental center residents and veterans who live in state nursing homes.
The comptroller’s office reports the General Assembly paid $20,000 for coffee supplies such as tea, sugar, creamer, artificial sweeteners and drink-related supplies. That’s about $113 in coffee-related spending for each of the 177 members of the House and Senate.