That’s what the Daily Herald state government reporter John Patterson discovered.
What a surprise.
Actually, the idea of checking out such a connection flitted through my mind yesterday, too, but I didn’t follow through. I’m glad Patterson did, because the public ought to know that
Western Remac Inc., based in Woodridge, gave $1,200 to Blagojevich’s 2002 bid for governor.The company has been a tollway vendor for 20 years, a tollway spokesman told him.
What the contribution shows--at minimum--is that vendors think it is in their best interest to contribute to Governor Rod Blagojevich’s campaign fund.
Or should that read, “Rod R. Blagojevich,” as the sign says?
Maybe, since gubernatorial contributions are only shown to Friends of Blagojevich after the primary election in 2002, it shows how nervous this long-time vendor was that he would lose his connection to the tollway.
Or maybe the owner is just a Democrat that one of Blagojevich supporters hit up.
All of its contributions are to Democrats (Lisa Madigan, Richard M. Daley and John Schmidt), except the most recent of $250, which went to the man who took control of Cicero--Larry Dominick.
32 of the $15,000 signs have been ordered.
It takes 37,500 forty-cent tolls to raise $15,000 to pay for one sign.
It takes 1.2 MILLION passes through the automatic toll lanes to pay for all 32 signs.
Pretty expensive for campaign signs.
Read yesterday's story on the signs, including what Tribune readers think about it, go to McHenry County Blog.