“In 1975, the State of Illinois created the lottery. The idea behind the game was to create a funding source for schools that would solve the inequities in school funding. However, over the years, lottery money was not used exclusively for schools. Instead, it was used for a variety of purposes, failing to fulfill the mission promised to the taxpayers over thirty years ago.”That’s what Governor Rod Blagojevich’s press release said today.
It is, of course, a blatant falsehood.
I guess that’s what happens when you don’t have enough gray heads around the office.
Blagojevich’s staff may have never learned the RTA’s history, but the Governor has.
In the freshman orientation session at the Holiday Inn East in December of 1992, lottery sponsor State Rep. Zeke Giorgi delighted in taunting the newly elected legislators. He said he bet they thought the lottery was passed to finance education and everyone, but I, probably nodded his or her head “Yes.”
Then, Giorgi held up the front page of the Chicago Sun-Times with a headline saying something like, “Lottery Finances RTA.”
He even passed out copies to everyone present.
Now, maybe Blagojevich was in the hot tub, but, more likely, he attended the session.
He just doesn’t have as good a memory for lottery facts as he does for presidential succession.
McHenry County Blog may have the longest discussion of education around. It's right on top. The governor's press release has also been posted in full. There are hundreds of thought-provoking observations.