Posts tagged "Patronage"

Illinois Patronage Politics Routinely Disenfranchise Voters

Illinois Patronage Politics Routinely Disenfranchise Voters
Another Election Day is upon us and like the many I have participated in thus far over the past 4 decades I remain frustrated at the lack of progress. Sadly Illinois Patronage Politics Routinely Disenfranchise Voters as party slate-makers play musical chairs with mostly the same career political hacks that either can’t seem to find... Read more »

State Boxing Official Joel Campuzano KOED Illinois Taxpayers

State Boxing Official Joel Campuzano KOED Illinois Taxpayers
The State of Illinois is broke because it is inherently incompetent in nearly every area of government. And one such area is when it comes to Paid Administrative Leaves, which according to the Chicago Tribune and the Governor’s Office, is supposed to be an “expeditious process. But expeditious it is NOT. Especially when you consider... Read more »

Toni Preckwinkle The Queen of Non-Reform Reformers

Toni Preckwinkle The Queen of Non-Reform Reformers
When Toni Preckwinkle ousted Todd Stroger as Cook County Board President she immediately declared “this victory belongs to the people of Cook County.” and that the hopes of county residents have often been tempered by cynicism, “but not this time!” “Their message is clear. Now is the time to repeal the Stroger sales tax, now... Read more »
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Illinois Super Scofflaws List Is Shameful

Illinois Super Scofflaws List Is Shameful
Well anyone who has read this blog regularly already knows I am no fan of the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority. And the reason is pretty simple – I believe that they have been a repository for patronage and that that means Illinois Taxpayers are not as well-served as they should be. Granted, they are... Read more »

Scrap Public Pensions

Scrap Public Pensions
There has been one budget deficit after another – in one state after another due to runaway Pension Debt. And as much as I would like to say that the main problem is abuse, it isn’t. Yes it is true that pension abuse is rife in some places including Illinois. But the real issue with... Read more »

METRA Officials Lied

METRA Officials Lied
And now more of the truth is emerging about personal and political agendas by certain METRA Board Members involved in the swift ouster of former Chief Executive Officer Alex Clifford and his over-inflated severance package. The Regional Transit Authority (RTA), which has financial oversight of METRA and other transportation agencies, conducted an in-depth audit immediately... Read more »
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METRA Chairman Brad O'Halloran Broke State Law

METRA Chairman Brad O'Halloran Broke State Law
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... Read more »

No Serious Gun Debate Until Gang-bangers And Political Corruption Eliminated

No Serious Gun Debate Until Gang-bangers And Political Corruption Eliminated
Anti-Gun liberals like Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel want to take away guns from law-abiding citizens yet offer no hope in furthering the gun debate because of his administration’s inability to control gang bangers and their illegal access to them. It makes no sense to strip citizens of their right to protect themselves until you can... Read more »

54 Double-Dipping Retired Chicago Cops Just The Tip of Pension Abuse Iceberg

54 Double-Dipping Retired Chicago Cops Just The Tip of Pension Abuse Iceberg
According to the Chicago Sun-Times there are 54 Double-Dipping Chicago Cops living the high life since their retirement. I would certainly never begrudge anyone from enjoying their earned pensions after serving a career long enough to get it, but it does bother me when there appears to be a policy in place which allows retirees... Read more »
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