Things just keep getting worse with the METRA Scandal. Apparently METRA Chairman Brad O'Halloran Broke State Law when he simultaneously took pay from another government body. And the man has no way out of this one folks because he knew exactly what he was doing. How do we know? Well, he didn't make a move to have his Orland Park Trustee pay stopped until July 12th which was well after the METRA Scandal had blown up into a public brouhaha.
You know, it is bad enough that Illinois Speaker of the House Michael Madigan has his hands all over the METRA Scandal but I suspect that is just the tip of the iceberg. The Regional Transit Authority (RTA), who is charged with the task of overseeing the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), PACE and METRA have allowed Madigan to use it and its agencies as a personal playground for patronage and nepotism.
And where is Illinois State's Attorney Lisa Madigan in all this?
Hiding under the Madigan Rock as usual!
Dammit already! It is high time that elected officials charged with keeping the public trust do exactly that because the laundry list is getting longer by the hour as the thieves in Illinois Government pilfer a state already on the brink of bankruptcy.
There are those who say that the collapse of Detroit is something of an anomaly - but it isn't. The illicit actions of public officials across this nation is rife. But nowhere is it as bad, at least in terms of its arrogance, than right here in the State of Illinois. The Illinois Public Pension System currently show some 389,345 line item payouts and within that number are a fair number of double and triple-dippers.
Sadly that isn't even the half of it as we must contend with the current crop of state crooks who have yet to retire. The Public Pension System list will only grow exponentially as people like METRA Chairman Brad O'Halloran get added and receive credit based on their annual salaries. And that is what makes O'Halloran's double paycheck that much more egregious.
Brad O'Halloran knowingly took a Board of Trustees Paycheck for 16 months before notifying Orland Park, Illinois to stop paying him his Village Salary. And that was on the heels of the Metra Scandal. Gee? Do you think it is high time he resign or the powers that be move to fire him?
Damn Right! Just Talkin' 'Bout Shaft Man!
As for Illinois State's Attorney Lisa Madigan? Well the time has come for her to either shit or get off the pot. Where are the indictments? What about an honest investigation into her step-father's use of clout to reward political loyalists? And yes Lisa that would include the rewarding of your Brother-In-Law Jordan Matyas who holds down a cushy job as an RTA Deputy Executive Director due to questionable circumstances. Naturally any and all calls for Indictments and/or Investigations have fallen on the deaf ears of Lisa Madigan. Maybe the time has come for an investigation into the conduct and inaction's of our State's Attorney. Then again maybe its best she just resign.
As for this METRA Scandal, well, the entire METRA Board of Directors need to resign immediately!
And while we are at it - the RTA either needs to be completely gutted or abolished as they clearly aren't doing a very good job at over-seeing the transportation agencies under its wing. But I wouldn't stop there either as the CTA has some serious political corruption, nepotism and patronage issues of its own and must be cleansed as well.
And since there are Federal Dollars involved in the running of these transportation units the time has come for the U.S. Attorney General to file charges on behalf of the U.S. Department of Transportation and if that doesn't happen? Then a Congressional Hearing and Investigation is warranted. Tax dollars, whether Federal or State, are not provided for public officials and their cronies to use as they please.
I have long said that there is a cost associated with corruption - are you starting to believe me? I hope so because it doesn't end here - or limited to places like Chicago, Bellwood and Cicero. Those are just some of the obvious examples and you shouldn't delude yourselves into thinking it isn't happening in townships and municipalities all over this state. It is!
Political corruption, nepotism and patronage is rife and rampant here!
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