|Dixon Arch, June 6, 2011|
Dixon, Illinois, the town where its longtime treasurer/comptroller, Rita Crundwell, allegedly stole $30 million to finance her horse breeding operation and an accompanying lavish lifestyle, is not different from just about every Land of Lincoln municipality--there is no recall option for voters to throw the asleep-at-the-switch mayor and city council members out of office.
Things have to change in Illinois, my friends. There's an underlying corrosive rot of corruption in the Prairie State and I've witnessed it firsthand in the private sector. Yes, the horse lady story is an extraordinarily obscenity against taxpayers, but there is an "everyone does it" mentality in Illinois that needs be stamped out of existence.
The pestilence is widespread. As for cures, harsh punishment is one--Rod Blagojevich's 14 year prison sentence is a step in the right direction. And businesses need to stop fearing bad publicity and start calling the police in addition to firing their workplace crooks.
What's the endgame? A more honest Illinois.
|Lincoln statue, Dixon|
Don't we want to make Honest Abe proud of us?
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