Tuesday, December 09, 2008

The Tradition of Illinois Politics Marches on

Feds take Gov. Blagojevich into custody - Chicago Breaking News The charges are, frankly amazing, even by the standards of Illinois and Chicago.

Pay to play. Give the governor a load of campaign contributions, or kiss your state contracts good-bye. Is that a bribe, or extortion?

Stirred the water around the sale of the Chicago cubs (by withholding infrastructure improvement funds) to pressure the Tribune to change editorial policies. Nice.

So you want to be a senator? That seat in the US senate that Obama vacated.... Blagojevich said it was "golden." Maybe we really do have the best government money can buy. Of course he was considering appointing himself, because he thought it might be a good way to recycle his image.

You can read all 76 pages of the full criminal complaint here. It is a PDF; you have been warned.

As for that Illinois tradition, it is legendary. The previous Illinois governor, George Ryan, is also in prison. Most famous was probably Illinois politician Paul Powell. He never made more than $30,000 per year, but after his death, $800,000 were found in shoe boxes, briefcases, and other containers in his closet.

So nice that we are inducting the Chicago machine into the White House (in at least the person of Rahm Emanuel).

Innocent until proved guilty... and all that.

No comments: