Posts in category "Corruption"

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 »

Will the pols learn from Blago's stiff sentence? Will the voters?

Too bad that former Gov. Rod Blagojevich has to go to prison alone. Not that some of the snakes that were a part of his corruption aren’t going. I’m talking about the voters. It was clear after his first term that Blago was not the man to clean up the mess left by the other... Read more »

House Speaker Mike Madigan actually speaks!

Mike Madigan responds to a Crain’s Chicago Business story asserting that he cost taxpayers perhaps as much as $500 million by killing five bills to refinance McCormick Place debt. His motive? The story said because he strongly disliked Juan Ochoa, the former  executive director of the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition and Exposition Authority (McPier), which runs... Read more »
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Starz' 'Boss' accurately portrays the Chicago Way

Some of my colleagues have observed that the excellent new Starz series “Boss” about a fictional Chicago mayor isn’t really real. And former Mayor Richard M. Daley said the show is not about him. In a pig’s eye. This show accurately captures that essence of what makes Chicago run, as Daley ran it. Jobs, contracts,... Read more »
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