The indictment of former Gov. Blagojevich is only the latest example of a stream of officials accused of public corruption. At the heart of the culture of corruption in Illinois--and many of the Blagojevich alleged schemes--is the unending appetite for political money.
A consortium of "Public, Civic, Business, Non-Profit, Philanthropic & Religious Groups" are sponsoring a rally Thursday in Chicago (details at the jump) to gather public support for campaign contribution limits in the state. Illinois is one of the most wide open states in the nation when it comes to political donations.
below, from a release.....
PUBLIC TO RALLY AGAINST CORRUPTION IN ILLINOIS POLITICS
Public, Civic, Business, Non-Profit, Philanthropic & Religious Groups to Converge in Chicago to CHANGE Illinois!
WHAT: On the heels of the indictment of former Governor, Rod Blagojevich, CHANGE Illinois! is holding a public rally calling for lawmakers to put an end to the culture of corruption. Voters, civic, business, non-profit, union and religious groups are set to gather in downtown Chicago, outside the Thompson Center, to say "Enough is enough" - take big money out of Illinois politics by establishing campaign contribution limits!
WHO: Voters who've had enough, civic and business leaders, non-profit, union and religious groups.
Speakers will include:
Rev. Patricia Watkins, TARGET Area Development Corporation, Executive Director
Rami Nashashiba, Inner City Muslim Action Network, Executive Director
Merri Dee, AARP Illinois State President
Jesus "Chuy" Garcia, Enlace Chicago, Executive Director
Rev. Philip Blackwell, First United Church at the Chicago Temple
WHEN: Thursday, April 9
WHERE: Thompson Center Plaza
100 W. Randolph St.
WHY: The public has had enough! Since 1970, over 1000 public officials have been convicted of corruption, including 19 judges (serving half the state's population), 30 Chicago Alderman, 2 Governor's with another just indicted and a former State Attorney General. That's about one conviction every other week! Illinois needs to end the culture of corruption and pay-to-play politics by enacting strict campaign finance laws.