The Jury Talks Back



Filed under: Uncategorized — Scott Jacobs @ 1:13 am

Allow me to quote the FBI Special Agent in Charge of the investigation of Blagojevich:

‘If Illinois isn’t the most corrupt state in the United States, it’s one hell of a competitor.’

Ow.  Ok, that stings a little…

You know, I fit all the constitutional requirements to be a US Senator…

I keep wondering if I should even bother to make a few calls…


  1. Including Blago, that’s 5 Governors in jail in 50 years. Stratton, Kerner, Walker, Ryan, Blago.

    It’s interesting that the bill on Rod’s desk now (which was specifically mentioned by Fitzgerald) would give casino money to the horse-racing folks. Gov. Kerner went to jail because Marge Everett (who ran 2 horse tracks) itemized and deducted bribes to Kerner as normal costs of doing business in Illinois.

    Comment by carlitos — 12/11/2008 @ 11:39 am

  2. It’s interesting that the bill on Governor Blagojevich’s desk right now, which Fitzgerald specifically mentioned, would benefit horse tracks. Governor Otto Kerner went to jail because of bribes from the horse tracks – I believe he gave expressway exits to Arlingon Park. They were discovered when one of the owners itemized the bribes and deducted them from her tax returns as ‘normal costs of doing business in Illinois.’

    Comment by carlitos — 12/11/2008 @ 11:41 am

  3. Well according to this metric Illinois is not even in the top ten.

    Somehow I’m not surprised that Florida ranks ahead of Illinois. We’ve had enough corruption cases here in South Florida alone to give Chicago a run for its money. And some of them are of soap opera dimensions. For instance, the Miami county commissioner who attacked some police detectives because they were trailing his wife; he eventually walked into the main lobby of the Miami Herald and shot himself because he blamed the paper for many of his problems. Google the name Teele together with Miami-Dade for details ( I don’t want to load up this comment with links in deference to the spam filter monster.)

    You may remember Nick Navarro, the Broward County Sheriff who was responsible for starting the show COPS. Well, his successor, a local politico named Jenne, was just released from federal prison after serving time for guess what? And (joy oh joy) Jenne’s son was just re-elected to the state legislature, despite Dad’s crimes.

    And then Raul Martinez, having been tried repeatedly on corruption charges, makes a serious bid for Congress this past time (he lost to one of the incumbent DiazBalart brothers).

    And of course, we’re responsible for sending Alcee Hastings to Congress.

    And the winner of most corrupt state, for your information, is…
    North Dakota.

    Of course, federal conviction rates may not be the most accurate measure, as the article points out. And as one of the quotes in the article says, North Dakota may lead simply because they’re better at rooting out corruption there, not because they’re actually more corrupt.

    Comment by kishnevi — 12/11/2008 @ 1:57 pm

  4. kishnevi – I think the “rooting out corruption” explains Alaska as well.

    Comment by carlitos — 12/11/2008 @ 2:33 pm

  5. kish,

    Gov. Blago’s father, it has been pointed out, is one of the most corrupt aldermen in Chicago. Chicago has such things as “alderman privilege” or some such thing, and this means that in some cases, if you want to open a bar and need your liquor liscence, you need to talk to the alderman.

    Blago’s FIL’s set price was $5,000.

    Trust me when I say this: the man is not an outlier.

    Comment by Scott Jacobs — 12/11/2008 @ 2:51 pm

  6. The publication Corporate Crime Reporter crunched Department of Justice statistics in 2007 to rank the 35 most populous states of the nation by corruption. The publication calculated a corruption rate, which it defined as the total number of public corruption convictions from 1997 to 2006 per 100,000 residents.

    These are the results:

    1. Louisiana(7.67)
    2. Mississippi (6.66)
    3. Kentucky (5.18)
    4. Alabama (4.76)
    5. Ohio(4.69)
    6. Illinois (4.68)
    7. Pennsylvania (4.55)
    8. Florida (4.47)
    9. New Jersey (4.32)
    10. New York (3.95)

    REad all about it here

    Comment by TC — 12/11/2008 @ 2:59 pm

  7. Yeah… Convictions…

    Do you know how rare it is for someone in Chicago to get prosecuted, let alone convicted?

    Comment by Scott Jacobs — 12/11/2008 @ 3:01 pm

  8. Interesting, TC…and that might be the only thing the deep south, swing states, and Hillary and Obama’s home states have in common.

    Comment by Tom — 12/11/2008 @ 3:17 pm

  9. Any one ever hear about
    Paul Powell: The Illinois Democrat
    Secretary of State Who Died With
    $800,000 Hidden in Shoe Boxes

    In the winter of 1968-1969 I
    bought a 1949 Ford pick-up truck
    from Tom Silva, Montecello, Illinois.
    It was my very first vehicle and I
    thought it was a lucky truck
    because it was made the year I was

    I was a newly married Californian
    living in Rantoul with my Air Force
    husband. I spent $50.00 for the
    truck, a lot of money!

    I called a taxi then asked the
    cabbie where to go to register my
    truck. He said “You just go over to
    Paul Powell’s.” Like it was
    somebody’s house or something.
    “Oh no, It’s the Secretary of State’s
    office, Paul Powell is the Secretary
    of State. Paul Powell’s is in

    He dropped me off in front of a
    building with a big “Paul Powell”
    sign blazing accross its front.
    No “Department of Motor Vehicles”
    sign or “Illinois State” sign or any
    other sign just “Paul Powell”
    singular, alone on the sign.

    I stood in line dressed in my hot
    pink winter coat and matching
    hot pink sling back shoes and a
    navy mini dress with hot pink trim
    along the sleeves and hemline.
    I was the complete picture of a
    dumb blond girl from California
    without a clue as to how things
    worked in Illinois.

    When the clerk asked me to
    “Please make your check out to
    Paul Powell.”

    I replied with alarm, “I’m not
    making my check out to some guy!”

    The clerk looked at me like I was
    nuts. “It will be just fine.” she said
    soothingly, “See, all the checks and
    money get filed with the receipts.”

    She pointed me over to where
    other clerks were filing checks and
    cash with pink receipts into shoe
    box shaped filing boxes with lids.

    One of those clerks told me, “See
    we file each receipt with its check
    or money,” as she waved a pink
    receipt then placed it with money
    from her other hand. “Then it goes
    into these boxes.” She placed the
    receipt and cash into a box. “We
    keep the receipts between the
    money or checks so they don’t get
    all mixed up or lost.” She held the
    box so I could see inside.

    The box was full of checks and
    cash and there were a lot of them
    too. Half of the office in front of
    the counter was filled with clerks
    processing receips, checks and
    cash into “shoe box” files.

    I wasn’t going to give that Paul
    Powell any of my money. I had
    heard about Illinois corruption.
    I had seen gangster movies!!

    I registered my truck in California!!!

    Comment by L.Hackett — 12/11/2008 @ 4:19 pm

  10. Tom #7,

    You have an odd perspective.

    Comment by DRJ — 12/11/2008 @ 5:02 pm

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