Rick Pearson and John Chase write in today’s Chicago Tribune
More than three years after winning office on a promise of reform, Gov. Rod Blagojevich says it's hard to force change on his own and contends his stockpile of campaign cash gives him the independence to fight an entrenched political system.
As his administration faces investigations at the state and federal level into allegations of pay-to-play politics, the first-term Democrat says his office has done nothing wrong. He vouches for the honesty of close friends and advisers who make money lobbying at the Statehouse.
"We follow all the rules. We follow all the laws," Blagojevich said.
Now, with that in mind, here’s what Chris Fusco and Dave McKinney write in today’s Sun-Times
A company whose owners donated heavily to Gov. Blagojevich has seen a $150,000 state contract to package and deliver tollway I-Passes to Jewel-Osco stores balloon into a $7 million deal despite not being the lowest bidder.
Originally hired in 2003 for a six-month job involving just 25,000 I-Pass transponders, IGOR the Watchdog Corp. has since helped place the wallet-sized devices in more than 1.1 million cars and trucks through sales at Jewel.
Draw your own conclusions.