Council lists waste fighters

The Council for Citizens Against Government Waste rated members of Congress on their commitment to cut government waste. The ratings are based on an analysis of 20 votes between Jan. 1 and Aug. 6. The council said the votes had a significant impact on eliminating or reducing government waste or decreasing costs to taxpayers. The higher the rating, the better a senator or representative did in fighting waste, according to the council.


Sen. Paul Simon, 20 percent

Sen. Carol Moseley-Braun, 15 percent


Rep. Harris Fawell, R-Naperville, 100 percent

Rep. Donald Manzullo, R-Egan, 95 percent

Rep. Phil Crane, R-Mount Prospect, 95 percent

Rep. John Porter, R-Winnetka, 90 percent

Rep. Tom Ewing, R-Pontiac, 90 percent

Rep. Dennis Hastert, R-Yorkville, 85 percent

Rep. Henry Hyde, R-Bensenville, 75 percent

Rep. Bob Michel, R-Peoria, 65 percent

Rep. William Lipinski, D-Chicago, 60 percent

Rep. Jerry Costello, D-Belleville, 60 percent

Rep. Glenn Poshard, D-Marion, 60 percent

Rep. George Sangmeister, D-Mokena, 55 percent

Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Chicago, 45 percent

Rep. Lane Evans, D-Rock Island, 45 percent

Rep. Dick Durbin, D-Springfield, 45 percent

Rep. Dan Rostenkowski, D-Chicago, 35 percent

Rep. Mel Reynolds, D-Chicago, 30 percent

Rep. Cardiss Collins, D-Chicago, 30 percent

Rep. Sidney Yates, D-Chicago, 30 percent

Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Chicago, 25 percent