Posts tagged "Rod Blagojevich"

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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In praise of the Blago jury "holdout"

Juror JoAnn Chiakulas has taken a lot more than her share of lumps for being the “holdout” in the 11-to-1 verdict on the most serious charge against former Gov. Rod Blagojevich in his corruption trial–the selling of Barack Obama’s former Senate seat. In her first interview, she described what it felt like as being the... Read more »

Memo to Eastern pundits: It's Illinois' and Chicago's stinking mess; stay out of it

From the Eastern heights come directives to go easy on Illinois corruption. The Washington Post decreed that U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald should silence his “moral thunder” and not retryRod Blagojevich on serious corruption charges. Post editorial writers echoed Blagojevich’s silly assertion that Fitzgerald was close to stepping across the fine line that “separates prosecution from persecution.” Further prosecution isn’t... Read more »

Democrats at Illinois state fair praise themselves for cleaning up their mess

It’s as if Republicans were to blame for giving us Gov. Rod Blagojevich. Here is a week worth of chuckles in which:  House Speaker Michael Madigan sets the Democratic strategy for the coming elections: Face it head on. Point out that Democrats threw him out of office. (But ignore the fact that it was the... Read more »
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The worst possible Blagojevich verdict

Why? Because a retrial means we could be  be hearing that fool’s voice and seeing his idiotic face for months more. 

Chicago: Baghdad on the Lake

That two Chicago lawmakers have asked Gov. Pat Quinn to activate the Illinois National Guard to stem violence in the city is making national and international news.  Some officials are appalled at the idea of military troops doing police work, saying that they’re not trained for it. Mayor Richard M. Daley reacted “cooly,” the Tribune reports, throwing... Read more »

Burris, Jackson among "15 most corrupt"

Update, Wednesday, Sept. 16 (AP) — The House ethics committee said Wednesday it will put off for now an expanded investigation into whether Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. or his representatives tried to buy President Barack Obama’s former Senate seat. The story is here: http://www.chicagobusiness.com/cgi-bin/news.pl?id=35491&ba=1 Comment: Circle the wagons. Protect your own. ———————————————————————————————- Sen. Roland Burris... Read more »
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Ricky Hendon's bacon

If honesty were the only qualification for public office, Ricky Hendon would deserve to be elected king of the universe. Hendon was brutally honest when he went before Cook County Ricky Hendon Democratic slatemakers seeking their endorsement for lieutenant governor. He flatly stated that his job would be to bring home the bacon, or as... Read more »
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