Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Chicago & Illinois Politics

This morning just proved, once again, how dirty Chicago and Illinois politics can be with the arrest of the current governor, Rod Blagojevich ( pronounced blah-goy-a-vich) (See Full Story).

The game of who you know is the popular sport in my former home state. Corruption in Illinois has always had money at its root cause. Before this morning's arrest of the current Governor, the previous Governor, George Ryan, a Republican, was convicted of selling government contracts and licenses and other state offerings of value. Apparently, corruption is an equal opportunity sport in the State and not just restricted to Democrats.

From the Mayor's offices of the City of Chicago to state Congressmen and to the Governorships, there has always been a long list of either convicted-for or implied corruption. With a Chicago politician now entering the White House, you really have to wonder how clean this guy is; especially coming from the depths of the Democratic Party in the City of Chicago. There has always been some questions about how he got to be an Illinois Senator and, then, a U.S. Senator. Was it Obama who earned the job or was it the political machine of Chicago and Illinois that elevated this man to his various progressions of office and, now, the White House(Here's a sampling). Oh, well. He was voted in and he will be our next President. Hopefully, he doesn't really have any typical Illinois political skeletons rattling around in his closet! This is especially true since the national media neglected their responsibility to this country by not adequately vetting Mr. Obama before he was voted into the Presidency.

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