Yes, I realize that it has been several days — and a lot has happened — since my last posting.
About a week before snowpocalypse I ran into a buzz saw and I’m just getting caught-up. Everyone gets busy from time to time and this blog on occasion takes more time that it should. But I’m going to try to put up some additional posts over the next few days.
I thank you for your patience.
Chicago Magazine has a great story about corruption in Illinois.
Big truth here:
Of course, most generous donors don’t give merely out of purity of heart. “Those large sums of money from all kinds of special interests—they’re invested for a purpose,” says Adlai Stevenson III, the former U.S. senator and two-time unsuccessful candidate for governor of Illinois. “Who’s going to invest in an honest politician?” Many donors expect to be rewarded with lucrative contracts, changes in policies that favor their interests, or other politically directed largesse.
Thank you Adlai for telling it like it is.
And then there is this:
It’s easy to fault public servants and criticize unsound laws, but ultimately the local political culture “comes down to what the voters will put up with,” says James Merriner. Over the years, Illinois voters have shown themselves to be a tolerant lot, viewing corruption as the grease that helps get things done. “It’s worked well enough for most of the people,” says Cindi Canary. “It’s been seen as the price you pay for relatively efficient government.”
(Full story here.)
Basically, it’s because the voters say it’s ok.
The story comes up with all kinds of ivy-tower answers from ivy-tower kinda folks. Some may have some merit, maybe not. But I agree with these two reasons right here. Money and apathy.
It’s worth reading the end of this story. The truth is that apathy may be ending because people are about to get tax at a level never seen before. You take enough money from someone and you get their attention.
Had a little hiatus from posting there. Turns out that Alderman Fioretti’s guy objected to my petitions so I had to get some legal work done in order to stay on the ballot. But I think I have all that behind me now; we should be rolling full steam ahead.
Also, just as an aside, I will get the objection posted up on the website in a few days. Followers have the right to know what’s happening.
The decision has been made: I’m throwing my hat into the ring for Second Ward Alderman.
There are other candidates running I highly respect and believe would make excellent public representatives. However, I believe that I can and will, simply, do better.
I will begin revealing details about my campaign and how I plan to help lead the city in the coming weeks.
I look forward to meeting and talking with every resident of the ward between now and Feb. 22.
Hello and welcome.
I’ve chosen WordPress as a blogging tool because it’s generally fast and easy to setup and I don’t have a lot of time at the moment. So little in fact that I’m off to let the dogs out and then head to bed.