Corruption kings

Corruption kings

Talk about confirming a suspicion.

Once a subject of speculation and debate, it's now official — Chicago is the most corrupt city in the country and Illinois is the third most corrupt state.

Says who? A couple of academics, Jim Nowlan of the University of Illinois and Dick Simpson of UI-Chicago, actually added up the number of public corruption convictions and they claim the totals make their case.

Federal prosecutors claimed 1,531 public corruption convictions since 1976 from the Chicago area, the most since 1976 from any federal jurisdiction.

During the same period, Illinois was the site of 1,828 corruption convictions, the most of any state except California and New York.

Of course, Illinois is not as large as those two states, so on a per-capita basis it may actually be No. 1.

It's good to have this kind of specificity from Nowlan and Simpson. But, really, didn't we already know this even if we didn't officially know it?

After all, when Rod Blagojevich goes to federal prison next month, he'll join another former governor, George Ryan, behind bars. Unfortunately, they're just the tip of the iceberg.

Some day voters may tire of putting up with all this felonious nonsense. But in the meantime, we're No. 1.

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STM wrote on February 19, 2012 at 7:02 am

I think what this actually shows is that Illinois places a higher priority on prosecuting corrupt politicians than other states.  Does that mean our system is more corrupt?  —not neccesarily. So come on NG do a better job of reading and stop putting your own spin on  things.

Still, with so many self-serving polititicians, isn't it time we got behind a movement to strip them of their pensions and health-care benefits after leaving office (all of them, not just the crooks)? Politicis should return to being a public service and not a career.