Political/Government Corruption

A Legalized Money Laundering Scheme

By John Biver

Some great work is being done by the folks over at For the Good of Illinois PAC: Former Gov. Jim Edgar’s endorsement ad calls Roger Eddy (R-Hutsonville) a solid conservative. Say whaaat? He’s more…

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LTE calls pension reform “brash.” I disagree.

By Bill Zettler

Recently a man named Mike Fanella wrote a letter to the Daily Herald newspaper calling Illinois’ proposed pension reform plan “brash” and that public employees were being “victimized” and “steamrolled” by media and politicians….

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If you’re not angry enough already…

By John Biver

If you’re looking for something to stoke the fire of your frustration with your political leaders (of both parties), the Heartland Institute’s “Heartland Author Series” is hosting  Peter Schweizer on Wednesday, February 1, 2012….

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Illinois: State Of Embarrassment

By John Biver

The above title comes from an article in Forbes today – make no mistake – Illinois is a bi-partisan creation – a bipartisan failure. Click here to read it…  

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Throw Them All Out

Throw Them All Out

By John Biver

Reading headlines like these… “Citigroup’s Deal With SEC Got the Treatment It Deserved” – and – “How Paulson Gave Hedge Funds Advance Word of Fannie Mae Rescue” – – my guess is that this…

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Top 100 Illinois State Pensions as of November 2011

By Bill Zettler

Last Name Annual Pension Pension Paid Out to Date Das Gupta 414,471 2,790,107 SURS Abraham 402,630 1,773,973 SURS Barmada 386,334 4,430,947 SURS Mafee 359,360 1,766,637 SURS Abcarian 328,865 929,095 SURS Albrecht 327,623 1,395,697 SURS…

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Politicians (GARS) Top 25 Pensions as of Nov 2011

By Bill Zettler

Retiree Name Annual Pension Total Pension Paid out to date Total Contributions BERMAN, ARTHUR 203,428 1,751,569 109,293 PETKA, EDWARD 161,280 291,434 171,449 ERWIN, JUDITH 141,476 171,140 238,038 FRIEDLAND, JOHN 140,649 1,993,957 66,716 EDGAR, JAMES…

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