* I don’t really understand this passage from the Chicago Tribune editorial…
But it was only a matter of time before something like this happened: Prior scandals haven’t goaded Illinois pols to pass laws that would seriously curb their own broad influence.
What state ethics laws, exactly, would’ve prevented Rod Blagojevich’s crime spree? The man is apparently a criminal through and through.
* The Sun-Times thinks that our lax laws made his life easier…
The governor is charged with shaking down people for political contributions in return for government contracts or jobs.
He did this so easily — if the charges are true — because our campaign finance system is broken.
We have no limits on how much anyone can contribute to a politician.
But would caps have stopped him?
* Did the SJ-R edit board read the indictment?
It says a lot about Blagojevich that a document as breathtaking as the 75-page indictment probably will elicit little more in Illinois than knowing shrugs.
It contained few surprises. Most of it we had heard before either in the trials of Antoin “Tony” Rezko and Stuart Levine, or in the criminal complaint filed when Blagojevich was arrested at his home early Dec. 9.
I hate to burst their little bubble, but the allegations that Blagojevich set out to use the governor’s office as his own personal piggy bank was “new.” And it had nothing to do with campaign contributions.