get pissed off about truckers who leave behind jugs of yellow fluid beside the
road, get ready to blow your stack.
A tour bus occupied by rock singer Dave Matthews – a
man well-known for his pro-environmental political stands – is accused of
dumping raw sewage from the bus while driving on the Kinzie Street bridge over the
Chicago River Aug. 8, unleashing the filth onto the heads of passengers on a
tour boat below. The Illinois Attorney General’s Office placed the amount of
sewage-turned-millinery at 800 pounds.
that right – 800 pounds of pro-environment poo.
to say, boat passengers were not pleased. And neither were city officials. The
boats that ply the Chicago River are frequently filled with hundreds of
passengers, and the band’s bus driver could face charges.
The Chicago Tribune reported that a security camera
at the nearby East Bank Club recorded the bus crossing the bridge at about that
time. And while the doodie dousing was not caught on camera, the security tape
showed that the Matthews bus was the only bus that crossed the bridge around
Attorney General Lisa Madigan
didn’t wait for a criminal complaint from city officials, however. Her office
filed a civil suit against the band and tour bus driver Aug. 24 in Cook County
Madigan’s office said the
three-count complaint charges that the Dave Matthews Band and driver Stefan A.
Wohl violated the Illinois Environmental Protection Act and discharged a
contaminant into a waterway without the proper permits. The suit also charges
the band and driver with being a common law public nuisance.
Passengers on the tour boat included a person with disabilities,
senior citizens, a pregnant woman, an infant and a small child, according to a
release from Madigan’s office.
“This act was not only offensive,” the attorney general said, “it
The state’s lawsuit seeks $60,000 for the alleged water pollution
violation and $10,000 for the permit violation. The suit also asks the court to
compel the band and the driver to reimburse the state for its legal costs.
Ironically, Matthews is the author of a song titled, “Don’t Drink
Sounds like good advice.