Friday, July 01, 2011

Blagojevich Just a Chip Off the Old Illinois Block

Blago makes 4 of the last 5 Illinois governors to be convicted on some charges. Though to be fair, one of them was convicted for something he did AFTER he got out of office. (Security fraud, or insider trading, or some banking irregularities or something.)

Anyway, I have to agree with this: Blagojevich verdict won't kill Illinois corruption, some fear
For more than a century, political corruption in Illinois has touched even the lowest government post, Democrats and Republicans alike. By one university's count, 1,000 public officials and businessmen have been convicted of public corruption since 1970. So, even as Blagojevich (the fourth Illinois governor in recent memory to face prison) awaited his sentence, some — including leaders of the deluge of reform efforts that had followed his arrest in late 2008 — say that, in the end, they are not convinced Blagojevich's conviction will drastically change the pattern of corruption in Illinois.
Change we can believe in? Not in Illinois.

1 comment:

Mick said...

First visit to your blog, live in Illinois, couldn't agree more. Make anything visible from (formerly) Sears Tower its own state, stop stealing money and votes from the rest of us.