Tag: Corruption

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner gives the green light to corruption

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner gives the green light to corruption
Four years ago, I met Bruce Rauner at the opening of his campaign office in Illinois. He regaled me with dreams of how Illinois could be if he were just governor. He was a billionaire dealmaker and knew how to bring in new business. One of his most moving speeches was about how he would... Read more »

The good face of Facebook

The good face of Facebook
Some of the more excitable online commentators online describe Facebook (NASDAQ: FB) as a dystopian nightmare. Others call the massive social media outlet as the Orwellian nightmare predicted in “1984.” I wish I had a dollar for every time I have heard we are on the cusp of 1984. I would be as wealthy as... Read more »

Confessions of a former Lobbyist

Confessions of a former Lobbyist
I was a Washington lobbyist for over two decades. I was one of the 30,000 registered lobbyists who went to the Capitol daily to represent client interests. In the early 90’s, I was profiled by CBS Radio for The Osgood File. At the time, some scandal had hit and as usual, the finger was pointed... Read more »
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Illinois starts year three without a budget because of an evil man

Illinois starts year three without a budget because of an evil man
Illinois is starting year number three without a budget.  It is wrong, it is immoral. This hurts the poor, it hurts students, it hurts taxpayers who have seen our bond ratings flush down the toilet because of our fiscal irresponsibility.  That means we pay more for the borrowed money it takes to run the state.... Read more »

The little County that could

The little County that could
The Little Engine that Could is a children’s book that most of us read or was read to us.  It is a story written by Watty Piper, under the pen name Arnold Munk.  The story is used to teach the value of optimism.  It is also used to teach the lesson that no matter how... Read more »

I appreciate the offers to join the Democratic Party, but…

I appreciate the offers to join the Democratic Party, but…
There are a lot of good things about the National Democratic Party these days.  Things that as a former Republican are quite attractive to me.  First, they are the party of Free Trade.  Free trade was practiced as a near-religion by those of us who were part of the Reagan Revolution.  Freeing trade and tearing... Read more »
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The death knell for the death penalty in Illinois

The death knell for the death penalty in Illinois
Nobody paid much attention to the date today and the significance it has in Illinois history.  January 11, 2003, then Governor George Ryan cleared out death row in Illinois by declaring it unfair.  With the stroke of a pen, George Ryan, a Republican, spared the lives of 163 men and 4 women. Among liberal groups,... Read more »