According to a report released by the University of Illinois /Chicago, Chicago is Number 1 in public corruption while the State of Illinois is ranked Number 3 so far as corrupt states go. Dick Simpson, head of the university's political science department noted that since 1976 - federal prosecutors rung up a total of 1,531 public corruption convictions in the Northern District of Illinois. The 1,828 total convictions for Illinois lagged only behind California and New York.
Of course this is hardly a surprise.
Sadly, the level of corruption continues to rise despite the convictions. You know, I have said long ago that political corruption is an art form in Chicago (and the state) and I doubt that anything will ever change until the people finally realize that corruption does, in fact, impact them directly each and everyday. Yet they stand idle and accept the "business as usual culture" as somehow being normal. Well folks - that just compounds the problem!
Chicago Voters are a stubborn lot, though. Instead of voting the crooks and scumbags out - they continue to vote for some mythical ideology that simply has never existed here. People refuse to believe that Chicago Democrats are purely a name they go by and not an endorsement of a party principle. Those of the Machine do not have principles and if the people were to begin putting two and two together they would see that their so-called "candidates of the people" have left them high and dry.
My goodness, people with half a brain should be able to see that the agenda of Chicago Democratic Machine politicians has never had anything to do with helping the everyday person or to provide them with a better life. I mean, how many dead and decaying neighborhoods do people need to see that the promises made by their politicians are just that - empty promises?
Sadly, people have not only let it happen election after election, but they have allowed even more neighborhoods to fall into the abyss. Neighborhoods that were once considered good places to bring up your children are now disappearing at an alarming rate. Yet, politicians are taking more money out of your pockets to provide you with - what exactly? And that, by the way, is on top of all that money already taken.
But hey, this has been your choice all along, and if this is what you want -
then so be it.
But being Number 1 isn't always a good thing.
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