Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Who Said There's No Such Thing as Bad Press?

We may be at the bottom of the country when it comes to equity in education funding or the sufficiency of our pension funding, but apparently, we're getting national attention for some of the things going on in our government.
A convicted former governor and scandals at Chicago City Hall have earned Illinois the dubious distinction of "petri dish for corruption" at a national meeting of state prosecutors in Chicago today.

The conviction last week of former Gov. George Ryan on federal racketeering and fraud charges is the backdrop for the National Association of Attorneys General's one-day summit. They've gathered to talk about ways to stamp out public corruption.

Illinois Campaign for Political Reform director Cynthia Canary told the group that one reason for corruption in Illinois is that there are no state limits on campaign contributions.

She says that makes it hard for people to tell the difference between a campaign donation and a bribe.
Whatever happened to our system getting rocked?


At April 26, 2006 at 3:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"system getting rocked?" I believe it's in the closet of broken toys, along with the Canadian Drug Importation, and wanting to be the Commisioner of Baseball.

There's no perceived heat behind it right now, even though ethiics is the main political football next to gas prices...

At April 26, 2006 at 8:58 PM, Anonymous Navin Johnson said...

We haven't been rocked, but I have a feeling that after the budget details are revealed we will all feel rolled.


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