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2 Governors, 2 Crooks. What's Wrong With Illinois?

Sunday, 29 Aug 2010 01:26 PM

 

Is there something about Illinois that encourages governors to go bad? Two men in a row, from rival parties, of separate generations and from different areas of the state have been convicted of felonies.

A jury convicted Rod Blagojevich of lying to federal investigators, while his predecessor George Ryan is in prison for corruption. Experts say they had two main things in common: access to a river of political money and voters who put them in office despite questions about their honesty.

New laws restricting political donations are in place. But one observer says too many people in Illinois accept a certain level of corruption.

Brad McMillan is executive director of Bradley University's Institute for Principled Leadership in Public Service. He says voters need to change their ways, too.

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