A recent Chicago Tribune Investigation revealed how panels in at least three dozen suburbs removed 76 candidates for political office because of bogus paperwork issues and how this sort of thing is predicated on those very panels having a political interest in their rulings.
North Riverside Mayor Kenneth Krochmal, for instance, chaired just such a panel, and despite a court ruling which nullified its decision to remove candidates, remains ambivalent about their action. He was quoted as saying "We don't write the rules" and "We played by the rules."
Just the same old song and dance so far as I am concerned. Besides it is a stale political argument given the shenanigans routinely being played by desperate politicians who want to continue feeding off the public trough. I mean, isn't that what it is ultimately about anyhow?
Illinois, politically, anyway, has become the poster child for what a political whorehouse looks like. Michael Madigan, as we know, has had an iron-fisted grip on our politics for some thirty years as Illinois Speaker of the House and the Chairman of the Democratic Party. Sadly, that immense power has also bankrupted the State of Illinois as Madigan routinely tells the opposition party to "pound sand" if they recommend legislation designed to make the lives of average citizens better.
Thirty years of inaction on the issue of Public Pensions while rewarding political insiders like Juan Rangel and the United Neighborhood Organization (UNO) with millions of dollars in state grants while denying every other school district long-owed monies is just some of the inequities to ensure that those long associated with the Chicago Political Machine reap the benefits while the rest of the state is left holding the bag.
But hey, Madigan's stranglehold over Illinois Politics is squarely the fault of voters who refuse to engage the election process. Excuses about life getting in the way is just a cop-out given the many remedies available to them; i.e. Absentee Ballots, Early Voting, etc.. Still, two-thirds of registered voters still find an excuse even though they are often the first to complain about the financial impact the Illinois Legislature bestows upon them.
You know? It is kind of like when the man goes to the doctor complaining of a pain in his eye and as the doctor asks what brings it on they say it is because they are stabbing themselves in the eye. To which the doctor retorts "Well Stop Stabbing Yourself!"
The reason politicians are allowed to play their silly games is pretty straight forward. It is because the people allow them to. And unless they begin to take their civic obligation seriously, then politicians will not only pass legislation that grants them the key to the bank vault - but they will also keep writing all the rules with impunity.
Playing By The Rules?
We Don't Write The Rules?
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