Rebooting Government

Reboot Our Government – A lot of people in Springfield turn their noses up and make fun of Chicago, its government and the politicians who are from there.

Look at the corruption, they say. Chicago is rife with nepotism and favoritism. Congressmen, state legislators and local officials, such as Bill Lipinski, Emil Jones Jr. and John Stroger, are succeeded by their sons. Michael Madigan, the speaker of the state House, sees to it that his daughter becomes attorney general. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. helps his wife become an alderman.

Every so often, we’re reminded that Springfield and Sangamon County government are much closer to Chicago than the 205 miles separating downtown Springfield from the Loop, according to the State Journal-Register. And while their nepotism and cronyism don’t make national news, as it does in Chicago, it’s still embarrassing and a disservice to taxpayers.


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