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Meet & Greet Candidate Buffs Family Restaurant January 9, 2010 8am - 10am Coffee & Muffins Vicki Dugan For Logan County Treasurer 10 Corrupt Illinois Politicians By Jerry Agar "If (Illinois) isn't the most corrupt state in the United States, it's certainly a com- petitor." - Robert Grant, head of the FBI's Chicago office. Illinois is known for political corrup- tion. Illinoians seem to revel in the sto- ries, if not the results of, the shenani- gans and characters. Here is my list of and solicitation of bribery. On January 8, 2009, the Illinois House of Repre- sentatives voted to impeach Blagojev- ich by a 114-1 vote for corruption and misconduct in office. He was convicted and removed from office on January 29, 2009, by a unanimous 59-0 vote in the Illinois State Senate. He is said to have Paid for by citizens for Vicki Dugan. Contact 828-2911 Neighbors of this house on West Cooke Street have been expressing their concerns. The house was foreclosed by CEFCU and has been explored by area children. It has been posted as uninhabitable by the City, but neighbors want more done. Times Photo Times Subscriptions In Illinois $24 for 2010 (until 12-31-10) (Save $6) $40 for a 2-year subscription (until 12-31-11) (Save $20) Outside Illinois $30 for 2010 (through 12-31-2010) $50 for a 2-year subscription (through 12-31-2011) First Class The subscription for the Mt. Pulaski Times mailed First Class (In Envelope) is $42 (through 12-31-2010) political shame: 10. Arenda Troutman. Troutman - former Chicago alderman - is on my list because she entertainingly told the truth. Troutman, 49, was caught on video and on a wire saying, "Well the thing is, most aldermen, most politicians are ho's." At another point, court documents indicate, she boldly asked of a potential devel- oper, "What do I get out of it?" When the FBI entered her home, her document shredder was warm. Trout- man was convicted of taking bribes and was sentenced to four years in prison. 9. Mayor Richard M. Daley. Mayor Daley hired John "Quarters" Boyle -- a man previously convicted of stealing $4 million (in quarters) from the Illinois Toll Highway Authority -- for a Depart- ment of Transportation job. When asked whether stealing $4 million from a public agency disqualified someone from a city job, Daley replied, "No, I don't think so." Boyle went on to take hundreds of thou- sands of dollars worth of Hired Truck bribes, for which he received seven years in prison. 8. US Rep. Dan Rostenkowski. This powerful Congressman was charged with keeping "ghost" employees on his payroll, using Congressional funds to buy gifts for friends, and trading in offi- cially purchased stamps for cash at the House post office. He pied to mail fraud and spent 15 months in prison. 7. Dan Walker. Walker's scandal came after he was governor. He was convicted of improprieties related to the First Amer- ican Savings & Loan Association of Oak Brook. Reportedly he received over a million dollars, in fraudulent loans for his business and for repairs on his yacht, the Governor's Lady. He was sentenced to seven years in federal prison, and served 18 moths. 6. Rod Blagojevich. Charges involve conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud Mt. Pulaski Times 2010 Schedule demanded that if the Chicago Tribune wanted help selling the Cubs and Wrig- ley Field, the Tribune had to "fire all those [expletive] people, get 'era the [exple- tive] out of there, and get us some edi- torial support." He was also accused of trying to sell a Senate seat, but the most shocking allegation is that he wanted a $50,000 contribution from Children's Memorial Hospital for backing $8 million to pay hundreds of doctors to treat poor sick children throughout Illinois. "Blago" continues to tell any media outlet that will have him - and that appears to be most of them - that he is an innocent man. He has yet to go to trial. 5. Paul Powell. The former Illinois sec- retary of State was found with $800,000 in shoeboxes in his hotel room when he died. According to the book Paul Powell of Illinois: Powell never earned a state salary of more than $30,000 per year, yet in the last year of his life, his federal income tax return showed an income of more than $200,000. At his death his estate totaled $3.2 million, and, when settled in 1978, was worth $4.6 million, including nearly $1 million in racetrack stock. After his death in 1970, it was learned that his home contained shoe boxes full of hundreds of thousands of dollars in checks made out to him by Illinois res- idents who thought they were paying license plate registration fees. 4. Otto Kerner. He was a Governor in the 1960s who was convicted of taking bribes from a racetrack owner who thought bribes were a normal busi- ness expense in Illinois. In 1969, Marge Lindheimer Everett, manager of Arlington Park and Wash- ington Park race tracks, admitted bribing then-Governor Kerner and his Finance Director, Ted Isaacs, to gain choice racing dates and to get two expressway exits for her Arlington Park racetrack. Everett deducted the value of the bribe on her federal income tax returns because she Deadline Friday Jan. 15 for Week of Jan. 18 Issue Deadline Friday Jan. 29 for Week of Feb. 1 Issue Deadline Friday Feb. 12 for Week of Feb. 15 Issue Deadline Friday Feb. 26 for Week of Mar. 1 Issue Deadline Friday Mar. 12 for Week of Mar. 15 Issue Deadline Friday Apr. 2 for Week of Apr. 5 Issue Deadline Friday Apr. 16 for Week of Apr. 19 Issue Deadline Friday Apr. 30 for Week of May 3 Issue Deadline Friday May 14 for Week of May 17 Issue Deadline Friday June 4 for Week of June 7 Issue Deadline Friday June 18 for Week of June 21 Issue Deadline Friday July 2 for Week of July 5 Issue Deadline Friday July 16 for Week of July 19 Issue Deadline Friday July 30 for Week of Aug. 2 Issue Deadline Friday Aug. 13 for Week of Aug. 16 Issue Deadline Friday July 30 for Week of Aug. 2 Issue Deadline Friday Aug. 13 for Week of Aug. 16 Issue Deadline Friday Sept. 3 for Week of Sept. 6 Issue Deadline Friday Sept. 17 for Week of Sept. 20 Issue Deadline Friday Oct. 1 for Week of Oct. 4 Issue Deadline Friday Oct. 15 for Week of Oct. 18 Issue Deadline Friday Oct. 29 for Week of Nov. 1 Issue Deadline Friday Nov. 12 for Week of Nov. 15 Issue Deadline Friday Dec. 3 for Week of Dec. 6 Issue Deadline Friday Dec. 17 for Week of Dec. 20 Issue thought that bribery was an ordinary and necessary business expense in Illinois. Kemer was convicted on 17 counts of bribery, conspiracy, perjury, and related charges, sentenced to three years in federal prison, and fined $50,000. His prosecutor was future Illinois governor James R. Thompson. 3. George Ryan. Convicted on cor- ruption charges and is currently serving time. It took the deaths of six children from the Willis family of Chicago, and severe injuries to their parents, to bring Ryan's corruption to light. On Election Day 1994, a piece of a taillight assembly fell off a semi-trailer on a Milwaukee expressway and bounced Heart of Illinois Workcamp The Latham United Methodist Church along with Group Workcamps Foundation of Love- land, Colorado will be co-sponsoring the Heart of Illinois Workcamp in Mt. Pulaski the week of June 13-19, 2010. During that week, approx- imately 400 teenagers and their adult leaders will be staying at Mt. Pulaski High School and providing free materials and labor to qualify- ing homeowners that live within a 30-minute radius of Mt. Pulaski. A group consisting of at least one adult and five youth will be assigned to work on such proj- ects as interior and exterior painting, building porches and wheelchair ramps, mobile home underpinning, and general home repair proj- ects. If you or someone you know would like to apply to have work done, please complete the below application. Applicants should own their own home, be unable to perform work themselves due to age, disability, or low income, and have someone at home during camp week. Applications should be sent to the church no later than January 31, 2010. Questions? Call Jean Davis at 674-3555. HEART OF ILLINOIS WORKCAMP JUNE 13-19, 2010 Group Workcamps are intensive one-week trips that help people grow in Christian faith through service. Adults and youth from around the country will spend one week in our commu- nity performing hands-on home-repair projects for elderly, low-income and disabled homeown- ers. The work at each home will be done by 5 young people and at least one adult leader. Many Christian denominations will be represented. Eligible repairs may include: Porch construction Step repair * Carpentry * Mobile home underpinning Wheelchair ramps *Drywall repair * Mobile home roof coating * Weatherization Interior painting * Exterior painting Both labor and materials will be free to qualifying households. Applications will be carefully reviewed to determine qualification. In order to be considered, please return this confidential application by January 31, 2010 to: / LathamUnited Methodist Church Workcamp / Box 24, Latham IL 62543 / Name: Phone: Address: Describe the work you would like to have done: beneath a minivan, rupturing its gas tank and exploding the van into flames. Other motorists tried to warn the driver of the truck of the danger, but he didn't under- stand English, as federal law requires. An internal investigation found the driver may have paid a bribe to get his license. Ryan's response was to squash the probe and fire the investigators. 2. Lennington Small. Served as Illi- nois governor in the 1920s, during which time he was charged with embezzling over $1 million in state funds. Small went on trial in 1922 -- while still serving as governor -- and despite substantial evi- dence, he was acquitted and went on to serve seven more years in office. After his trial, in a dazzling display of hutzpah, four of the jurors received state jobs. The book, "Len Small: Governors and Gangsters," reveals that there definitely was a tie between the governor and AI Capone. Len Small was a favorite of the Ku Klux Klan, which endorsed his cam- paigns in 1924, 1928, and 1932. When he left office in 1929, he stole the silverware and other valuables from the governor's mansion. 1. The one we haven't caught. Who do you think it is? Let me know whom you would nominate for likely candidacy in this list. Email me at When money and power converge, a spontaneous explosion of corruption occurs. Sadly, that's human nature. Smaller government means less power and tess money. It may be the only solu- tion. Copyright 2009, Illinois Policy Institute CLASSIFIEDS FOR SALE 5000 Watt Coleman Generator, used 75-hours, 796-3544 Power lift chair - brown - VG-Cond. $450 792-3902 Lane matching reclining sofa & chair, blue & burgundy flower, Gd shape, $350 O/B/O, 674-3315 Brand New with Warranty! Overstock Mattress/Furniture Clearance Sets starting at: Twins $100, Fulls $120, Queens $170, Kings $250. Sleigh beds $250. Sofa's and more coming in January! 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It's a heck of a lot easier to git rid of 'era than it is to collect 'em back. COWBOY WISDOM When you're up to your nose in manure, keep your mouth shut. COWBOY WISDOM Mt. 00)utaslti 00imrs USPS No. 365-660 is published semi-monthly (twenty-four times- issues) per year by Michael Lakin, 311 S. Washington St., Mt. Pulaski, Illinois 62548. Business and Editorial Offices: Accounting and Circulation Offices: Michael Lakin, 311 S. Washington St., Mt. Pulaski, Illinois 62548. Call 217-792-5557 to subscribe. Periodical Postage is paid at Mt. Pulaski, IL 62548 POSTMASTER: Send address changes to: Mt. Pulaski Times, C/O Michael Lakin, 311 S. Washington St., Mt. Pulaski, Illinois 62548 Office: 217-792-5557 2 ==, t I