This Bakers Dozen are my picks for the 2012 Illinois Political Hall of Shame even though there were many, many more candidates available. But hey, we can do this as an annual event and like the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame can add those missed as lifetime achievement winners if necessary.
Naturally these selections are based upon my own opinions. But I believe most people would agree that these 13 public figures are at least somewhat indicative of what is wrong with our politics in the State of Illinois; i.e. political corruption, nepotism, ethical lapses and even outright malfeasance.
While nearly all the inductees are Democrats it is my hope that people don't read too much into that. As an Independent I believe that both Democrats and Republicans have done much harm in this state (and nationally as well). But Illinois is what it is, isn't it? Democrats pretty much act with impunity due to their near absolute power. And because of that they also happen to take up the most newsprint when it comes to scandals.
If, however, you believe I have missed someone from the minority party, then please offer them up for nomination and will do a followup somewhere down the line.
In the meantime, I bid you all a good night and happy days ahead.
Who knows, maybe someday people will come to their senses and make the changes necessary to take back the state from those abusing the public trust?
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