More reform and renewal
Thursday, Jun 29, 2006
This is very big, campers. Very big.
Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s top lawyer issued a sweeping order Wednesday directing state agencies to compile lists of everyone who worked in their personnel offices since 2003 and to inventory their computer records, signaling a broader federal investigation of hiring than the governor’s office has previously acknowledged.
The initial investigation focused on just a few agencies and the governor’s personnel office. If they’d found no problems, it’s doubtful that they would have expanded their probe into so many other agencies.
Meanwhile, the governor was hit on another “Reform and Renewal” front today.
Gov. Rod Blagojevich awarded a lucrative special deal to a California company that employs his campaign managerâ€™s sister as an executive.
And the Tribune ran an editorial with the headline “Gov. Rod Ryan”
Blagojevich is making just like George Ryan, handing out free money to legislators’ friends, relatives and constituents for their pet projects.
And, finally, I had a little about this in Wednesday’s Capitol Fax, but Topinka claims that a Blagojevich staffer was videotaping her fundraiser guests and taking down their license plate numbers.
‘’If we wanted a list of her contributors, you can get it on the computer in 30 seconds. We wouldn’t go through a ridiculous process to send a staff person out to videotape license plates,” [Blagojevich spokesperson Sheila Nix] said.
You would if you were trying to intimidate people into not contributing or checking to see if any state employees were in attendance.