The [Thursday] Papers
By Steve Rhodes
"There's this thing that's bleeping golden," Phil Kadner writes. "It's called the public trust. Unfortunately, politicians in this state don't seem to put the same value on it that I do."
Has anything really changed in the year since Rod Blagojevich was arrested?
Kadner doesn't think so, and it's hard to argue with him.
"Sadly, in the 12 months that have passed, political leaders have done little to restore credibility to the political system.
"Gov. Pat Quinn has done nothing to fumigate the state payroll of Blagojevich patronage employees.
"Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan (D-Chicago) has done his best to block reform efforts while making Quinn appear inept.
"As for the Republicans, former Gov. Jim Thompson, whose law firm defended another former governor, George Ryan, against charges of political corruption, is now trying to get part of Ryan's state pension restored.
"Ryan, also a Republican, is sitting in a federal prison because while he was Illinois secretary of state, he placed a 'for sale' sign on his office."
Former prosecutor Patrick Collins reiterated his stance to Kadner that "I'm a one-issue voter now. I look for integrity. If it's not there, if I can't see it, nothing else a candidate says matters."
That's been the Beachwood's stance from the get-go. The political culture won't change by voting for the least offensive candidate, or voting along party lines. Vote for truly honest candidates, if you can find them, regardless of ideology. This state is so sleazy that ideology must take a back seat to true reform. I don't care what party someone belongs to; if they are smart, honest folk, I want them in government.
TIFs For The Rich
At The Circus
"The federal charges hit close to home for Mayor Daley. Bridgeport native Patrick Slattery is a newlywed whose wife is the mayor's personal secretary."
Somehow I think it escaped me - or maybe I just forgot - that one of the Daley aides caught up in the Sorich hiring scandal was married to the mayor's personal secretary. But nobody knew nuttin'!
The Daley Show
Only questions on pre-approved topics, please.
I Am A Security Guard
New Old Read
Twits of the Week
Speaking of O'Brien, he (or his staff) retweeted Preckwinkle winning the endorsement of the New Trier Dems.
"Gerald W. Bracey, 69, one of the most erudite, prolific and acidic critics of national education policy, died unexpectedly early Oct. 20 at his home in Port Townsend, Wash.," the Washington Post reports.
"He published articles in dozens of magazines and newspapers and wrote 10 books during the last two decades of his life. He skewered the educational policies of the George W. Bush administration and donated money to and voted for presidential candidate Barack Obama. By May of this year, Mr. Bracey was hitting Obama too, noting that the president was wrong when he said 'in 8th grade math we've fallen to 9th place.'
"Actually, this was an improvement from 28th place in 1995, Mr. Bracey pointed out.
"In his book, Education Hell: Rhetoric vs. Reality, published this year, Mr. Bracey attacked the misuses of standardized testing, a subject on which he was an acknowledged national expert. 'We went from a system that valued producing good citizens for a democracy to one that worshipped at the temple of high test scores,' Mr. Bracey wrote. 'We should be asking, what were we thinking?'"
The Beachwood Tip Line: Automatic for the people.
Posted on December 10, 2009
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