Monday, April 24, 2006

Ground zero of corruption

Where do you suppose a bunch of people from all over the country are gathering Tuesday morning to talk about corruption?

Why Chicago, of course.

The National Association of Attorneys General is hosting a “Conference to Address Public Corruption” at the Hyatt Regency, 151 East Wacker Dr.

If reporters are looking for something to cover, this might be the place.

Some of the participants of note (don't know if the schedule has been updated):

  • 9:15 a.m. panel — Illinois Campaign for Political Reform's Cindi Canary.

  • 10:50 a.m. panel — Cook County State's Attorney Dick Devine.

  • 11:55 a.m. panel — Chicago Tribune reporter Rick Pearson.

  • 2:10 p.m. panel — Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, who is moderating a discussion of "how public corruption can be prevented."

No offense to the home state AG, but do you think she is qualified to speak on that topic? After all, the Democratic Mayor from Chicago and the Democratic Illinois Governor are chest deep in federal investigations and she hasn't done a thing to stop any of the graft. And she said two summers ago she could support Governor Rod Blagojevich politically WHILE she was investigating him. (She since backed off that contortion).

Maybe Lisa will pick up some tips while moderating the panel. Maybe she'll get lucky and nobody will ask whether it inspires public confidence that her father, House Speaker Mike Madigan, is campaign chairman for the governor she supposedly is investigating.

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