Posts in category "Corruption"

Illinois residents are dead last in confidence in state government

This shouldn’t be news for Illinois residents: They (we) are dead last in confidence in our state government. That’s according to a newly released Gallup Poll. Only 25 percent of Illinoisans are confident in what can only generously be called our Springfield follies. A thundering 74 percent lack confidence. Not that this would impress the assorted... Read more »

Already, new Illinois auditor general Frank Mautino is called on to resign

Hardly with time to warm his chair, newly appointed Illinois auditor general Frank Mautino is called on to resign. The call has merit, seeing as how there are serious questions about whether the state’s top auditor–the guy who is supposed to ferret out corruption–misspent his campaign funds. The call for his resignation came from Adam Andrezejewski, Founder... Read more »

Feds seize computers, files on Chicago officials from outgoing inspector general

Ace political reporter Natasha Korecki, formerly of the Chicago Sun-Times and now with Politico, reports that  ”FBI agents seized a trove of investigative documents, computers and files from legislative inspector general Faisal Khan’s office on Friday, its last day overseeing Chicago elected officials.” Khan has been working with the FBI on some undisclosed projects and... Read more »
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Democracy sucks

How else, other than democracy sucks, to explain the horrendous state of Chicago and Illinois. How else to explain the seemingly ho-hum attitude (see John Kass’ eloquent column) toward former IRS executive Lois Lerner’s missing two (yes, two!) years of emails and the oh-so coincidental hard drive crash to some of the people who received... Read more »

Obama=Nixon

Who would have thought that Barack Obama would have descended to the depths that the disgraced Republican President Richard Nixon had in the scandal department? Obama now has three going for him all at once: The newest is the revelation that the Justice Department secretly obtained two months of telephone records of journalists who work for... Read more »

Illinois gun debate's funniest, most insulting or ridiculous 'analogy.' Vote

  Is there a more apt phallic symbol than a gun? Maybe Illinois State Rep. Jim Sacia (R-Freeport) didn’t have that in mind when he said said in House debate that depriving him of his gun is like castrating him. I first thought it was funny, but when you add the rest of the quote, it’s one... Read more »
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The other side of '60 Minutes' canonization of NU's Innocence Project

CBS News’ 60 Minutes, despite a history of serious investigative reporting (including its participation years ago with the Chicago Sun-Times in the splendid Mirage investigation), also has been known to get things wrong or to show a bias. (See Briebart, Washington Examiner, The Blaze for some recent accusations.) And so it went last Sunday, in its segment that called... Read more »

The real problem in the suburbs

Sure, there’s corruption — but too many towns govern with a timid hand It took a passel of professors to bring us the recent news that corruption doesn’t stop at Chicago’s city limits. Dick Simpson, who, as a former Chicago alderman, should know corruption when he sees it, shared this flash with us when he... Read more »

Pat Fitzgerald for Illinois governor. Or Chicago mayor.

Patrick Fitzgerald, U.S. attorney for Northern Illinois, blazed a trail right into the slammer for an entire catalogue of the state’s politically corrupt. Now that he is retiring after an unprecedented (for Illinois) decade of integrity, he said at a press conference on Thursday that he would like to remain in public service of some... Read more »
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Illinois: a state of embarrassment

While we are pondering the 14 years that Judge James Zagel imposed on former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, a timely article in Forbes skewers Chicago and Illinois not just for corruption but their pathetic governance. Did you know, for example that “since 2007 Chicago has more jobs than Detroit”?  The author, Joel Kotkin, suggests that the dismal... Read more »
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