Thursday, May 18, 2006

Hell week for Illinois Democrats


Mayor Daley's administration on trial for patronage abuses. Governor Rod Blagojevich on the griddle for keeping a secret "favors list."

But that wasn't all the bad news for Illinois Democrats this week. At the trial of Daley patronage chief Robert Sorich, a witness told the court that city workers helped the campaigns of Daley, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, and U.S. Rep. Rahm Emanuel. Some of that political work was on city time.

Falcon also said she used her city phone on paid time to organize workers to call voters for Lisa Madigan, now the Illinois attorney general. Jurors were shown a list that Falcon said she kept in a notebook.

According to the list, Fleet Management Department workers helped make calls for Madigan on a Monday, Sewers Department workers on that Tuesday, Transportation Department workers on Wednesday and Water Department workers on Thursday.

Emanuel, of course, is one of the Dems' point persons in Washington slamming Republicans for a "culture of corruption."

As Republican congressional candidate Peter Roskam pointed out today, Democrats who accept help from the mayor and governor better get ready to answer questions about the corruption encircling the state.

"You don't get to be the beneficiary of a machine that catapults you into office and then play Claude Raines," said Mr. Roskam, referring to a movie figure whose character was "shocked, shocked" to discover gambling occurring in Casablanca.

It's starting to look like the reverse of 2002, when Illinois Republicans were under siege for corruption.

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