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    Friday, May 15, 2009

    Illinois Corruption from Stem to Stern - Recent Summary

    The University of Illinois Political Science Department has written an excellent summary of corruption cases over the last 35 years or so. This is a great reference and illustrates that Illinois is run by patronage, bribery, and a long-term mentality of pay-to-play. Competence and cost-effectiveness are ignored. Power, greed, and patronage rules. That is one reason Illinois has more politicians per capita than any other state and why corruption costs taxpayers over $ 500
    million per year. As most contracts in Chicago, Cook County, and Illinois require 10 % kickbacks (bribes) the burden of corruption on taxpayers in Illinois is huge and a large reason for our failing economy in Illinois.

    In my opinion, until we have a truth commission that encourages open confession and transparency, Illinois will not change.

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