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Rise up angry! Rally to protest corruption in Illinois Thursday in Chicago

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Enough!

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.....

**MEDIA ADVISORY**

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

10:00 AM

WHERE: Thompson Center Plaza

100 W. Randolph St.
Chicago, IL

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.

8 Comments

Great idea!! If I still lived in Chicago, I would march too. Such blatant business as usual corruption is a national embarrassment.

Chicago is doomed. Even the "watchdogs" are corrupt: The Better Government Association is in bed with Boeing -- and Boeing has a history of squelching whistleblowers. For evidence, see: http://www.brightlinecompliance.com/training/law-alert-body/20070418-266.html

Is the press ever going to discuss Papa Madigan's machine in Springfield? I think it would be even more interesting than Blago's groupies.

Campaign finance limits will not solve many of the problems in Illinois and Chicago. Until the Fourth Estate wakes up from its trance and recognizes that Mayor Daley is at the center of the problem -- instead of off to one side, as they seem to think -- nothing will change.

You want to see Illinois political Corruption at its worst? Take a look at

www.quigleysreplacement.blogspot.com

WHEN YOU ARE OUT THERE ACTING A FOOL FOR SOMEONE
ELSE'S AGENCY, DON'T COMPLAIN LATER IF YOU DON'T
HAVE A JOB OR YOU GET LAYED OFF OR FIRED, BECAUSE
IF YOU REALLY DO HAVE A JOB AND YOU ARE SEEN ON
THE TUBE ACTING LIKE YOU ARE IN A MINSTREL SHOW
ON SOMEONE ELSE'S DIME, DON'T COMPLAIN!
CORRUPTION HAS BEEN IN THIS TOWN SINCE ITS CON-
CEPTION, SO DON'T FEEL LIKE YOU ARE RE-INVENTING
THE WHEEL, STOP MAKING PEOPLE MAKE YOU ACT A FOOL,
IT IS MIND-BOGGLING TO SEE PEOPLE WITH MENTAL
DEFECTS, HOMELESS, AND JUST GETTING PAID TO HOLD
A SIGN, SHOW UP, AND REALLY NOT KNOWING WHY THEY
ARE OUT THERE MAKING A FOOL OUT OF THEMSELVES,
IF YOU REALLY HAVE A CAUSE THAT'S DIFFERENT, BUT
IF YOU ARE GETTING PAID TO ACT A FOOL THAT IS
SOMETHING ELSE!
CORRUPTION IS IN EVERY CITY OF AMERICA, YOU JUST
HAPPEN TO LIVE IN THIS ONE!
DON'T LET PEOPLE MAKE YOU ACT A FOOL, GO TO
SCHOOL AND LEARN FOR YOURSELF, AND THEN YOU WILL
REALLY KNOW WHAT IS GOING ON AND YOU WILL KNOW
THE TRUTH!

i would like to attend but can't afford to pay for parking in loop.

Defoe said "All men would be tryants -- if they could". That's another way of saying "Power corrupts."

We should have all conversations -- all phone calls -- all meetings - by public officials be recorded and open to the public.

Yes it sounds crazy -- but take away the secrecy and you take away their power.

Blaggo isn't unusual -- if you heard any politician's phone calls and how they spoke in meetings, and with lobbyist, you would soil your pants. Blaggo was just caught, that's all.

Have all their conversations recorded. They work for us, remember? Since they work for us, why can't we know what they are doing?

Reagan said "Trust but verify." We should trust our political officials -- but verify what they are doing and saying in our name.

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