Illinois Campaign Fund Piggies Gallery

Politicians Using Campaign Funds isn't illegal so long as taxes are paid on them, but even after a campaign fund reform bill (as riddled as Swiss cheese) was passed abuse is rife. So rife in fact that you should see some of the worst offenders in picture gallery. This Illinois Campaign Fund Piggies Gallery shows how politicians meander in and out of the "gray area" when it comes to what is deemed using campaign funds for personal or political use. And, of course, the gallery includes some of the usual names associated with Illinois Corruption.

Will the people of Illinois ever tire of this crap?

Well who knows but if they need another wake-up call they should just read this expose' Chicago Magazine published in January.

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  • Not mentioned in the stuff you got from Chicago Magazine, but elsewhere, is that the way Madigan and Cullerton keep control is that their campaign funds pay for their acolytes' campaigns, and hence those members of the General Assembly won't cross them.

    I don't think an of the cited people has faced a contested election, and hence those who give know why they give.

    Which brings up something related to your texting while driving post, but more related to my comments to Steve Dale: if you believe all the bill signing ceremonies, the legislature was awful productive, just though, stuff of little consequence. I figure that someone paid for my rep sending out a postcard about the legislature's accomplishments, although it was limited to "House passed SB7 [pension bill]" without saying that it didn't make it to the Senate.

    The other thing not mentioned is how much of the sports tickets and meals were charged as campaign expenditures, as opposed to taxable income. I suppose that someone just has to take some asphalt contractor to the Hawks game :-).

  • In reply to jack:

    "any" cited.

    Also raises the question whether the "landlords" paid taxes on the "office rent to themselves." Probably wrote off the depreciation, though.

  • In reply to jack:

    Hell I wonder if the Mayor of Country Clubs Hills, who by the way makes the most of any Mayor in addition to getting an additional stipend of $30,000+, took an Energy Credit for that Garage / Office?

    As for your Legislature of "little consequence" right on! And as far as Madigan and Cullerton keeping control via cash infusions is legendary and been covered before.

    As usual though you the man and glad you get it unlike so many of our "sheeple."

  • A couple of other interesting developments today.

    1. You might want to look at the video on Kelly Truth Squad where Dan Proft tries to duck being Cicero's spokesperson.

    2. There was a story on Yahoo! Finance that J.P. Morgan Chase was under investigation for bribery by hiring " the children of powerful Chinese officials to help it win business in China." Now, stuff like that can't happen here, except that they hired Bill Daley.

  • In reply to jack:

    Proft has been ducking that for awhile, but really every time I turn around it appears Ray Hanania seems to be a spokesman. So I really don't know who the official, unofficial or outside spin doctor is anymore. But both have a voice there for sure.

    Interesting article on JP Mrgan Chase and I hope you were just being facetious about "stuff like that."

  • In reply to Michael Ciric:

    It appears that when he ran for governor and now has a job (although Kelly keeps suggesting only in the short term) Proft gave up the spokesman role. All one now hears is Hanania, but the latter was much more fun in the Southtown Star.

    And, don't forget, I said "except."

  • In reply to jack:

    I agree and yes I remember you said except. Funny thing about Proft - the first time he was on our ballots my wife said "I think he is creepy and will never get a vote from me." Apparently my wife has good judgement.

  • In reply to Michael Ciric:

    But did she sniff out the others, like Brady? Or Scott Lee Cohen?

  • In reply to jack:

    Absolutely - she is a tough vote and can smell bullshit 50 miles away.

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