From today's Daily Herald's Is Illinois' corruption worst of all states?
What do you all think? I kind of agree.
Paul Green, long-time political observer at Roosevelt University, believes people overreact to events like Ryan's conviction. His view is Illinois has, from its beginning, been home to people who take risks. Sometimes those risks produce scandal.Guess Bob LaFollette doesn't count or way too long ago. I knew Frank Zeidler too but that was also long ago. Respected him very much but he might fail excitment criteria although he could give a surpizingly thumbing speech.
In short, the corruption that comes to a head now and then is part of what makes this state more interesting than others.
"Not many great political writers have come out of Wisconsin," said Green. "The city of Chicago and the state of Illinois were not built by great planners, they were built by great speculators, people who risked a lot to do a lot. That mentality is still here today. And that's what we get periodically as the price of getting things done."
"I'm personally sad for Gov. Ryan," said Green. "But let's not go overboard and start wringing our hands and trying to become the Oregon of the Middle West."