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Latest Chicago Government Corruption Shows Nothing has Changed in Politics

by Jennifer Kirby on December 9, 2008
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I had to laugh out loud this morning to read about the latest government corruption coming out of Chicago. When is the city and state going to realize that they are one of the most corrupt cities in the nation…not only do they have a dictator of a mayor with union corruption ties, now the Illinois Governor has been arrested by the FBI for trying to sell the Senate seat vacated by Barrack Obama to the highest bidder. Apparently he wanted to personally gain from the sale and was “seeking a “substantial” salary for himself at a nonprofit foundation or union affiliated organization, a spot on a corporate board for his wife, promises of campaign cash, as well as a cabinet post or ambassadorship in exchange for his Senate choice“.

He also is accused of threatening to withhold substantial state assistance to the Tribune Company in connection with the sale of the Chicago Cubs’ baseball home Wrigley Field “to induce the firing of Chicago Tribune editorial board members sharply critical” of him“.

Amazing, isn’t it? The people we continue to elect are corrupt just like the ones we vote out. Now the state is seeking to impeach the Democratic Governor before the Governor can select who will feel the seat. Illinois law allows the Governor to appoint someone to the seat, no matter if he is in jail, and the Dems fear losing the Governorship in 2010 because of this latest scandal.

Those of us that have lived in Chicago or in its shadow understand this is just another part of the Chicago Godfather Saga. Don’t be surprised when Blagojevich is pardoned by Barack Obama in a few years. If that happens, I will lose all remaining respect for the President.

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