Gee, thanks Mayor Daley and Cook County Board President Todd Stroger. Your mismanagement and fostering of corruption has landed Chicago the #3 spot in
Forbes Magazine’s list of “America’s Most Miserable Cities.”
Lousy weather, long commutes, rising unemployment and the highest sales tax rate in the country are to blame for the Windy City being near the top of our list. High rates of corruption by public officials didn’t help either…
The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois, which includes Chicago, has been very busy in recent years. They convicted 385 public officials of crimes over the past decade, a per capita rate that puts it in the bottom third of big U.S. metros.
The Northern District office boasts of recent successful prosecutions, including “a corrupt former governor of Illinois, Chicago officials who rigged city hiring, individuals who lied about their support of foreign terrorism, corporate executives who cheated public shareholders and traditional organized-crime bosses who were responsible for notorious murders.”
Illinois‘ record of public corruption, particularly in the governor’s office, is staggering. Five of the past nine governors have been charged with crimes, and three, as of now, have served time in prison. Whether former Gov. Blagojevich will do any jail time is still to be determined.
So, rather than spend tens of millions of dollars trying to bring the 2016 Olympics here, why don’t we clean our own house, fire the corrupt politicians and bring some sort of fiscal sanity to our city. Let’s do the basic block and tackling of running a clean, just and efficient city before we throw billions down the rat hole of an Olympic building spree.
NO TRUST, NO GAMES. NO ACCOUNTABILITY, NO GAMES. NO JUSTICE, NO GAMES.