An Illinois-native, when I hear about political corruption from the state, I'm generally not surprised. Afterall, we've bred the former Gov. George Ryan and the Daleys. And now it's Rod Blagojevich in the hot seat. He was indicted yesterday.
I've never been a fan of Blago's - I didn't vote for him, though I'll admit there was not good candidate in that race. But maybe there was a less corrupt one.
Apparently, reporters caught up to the Blagos in Disney World - "the happiest place on Earth." He must be living it up while he can, because I have a feeling he's not going to be very happy for years to come.
I love Chicago for all the culture it has to offer: The Art Institute, Planetarium, Shedd Aquarium, the Field Museum of Natural History, the Museum of Science and Industry, Chinatown, the House of Blues, the stage productions, the music scene - not so much the Cubs, but Wrigley Field isn't the only drawback. Chicago seems to breed a certain type of politician. Blago was governor of the state - most of his time should have been spent in Springfield, but that wasn't the case.
Chicago is not representative of most of Illinois. I grew up close to the city, but I know many who didn't - it's like a completely different world.
Here's a timeline of Illinois corruption from the New York Times.
Here's a piece from MSNBC on the history of corruption in Illinois.
And where would we be without a Wikipedia entry?
Who wouldn't trust this face?