Opinion: Corruption spotlight prompts new Illinois license plate for 2009


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For some reason, possibly having something to do with the fact that three of the last seven governors have had certain legal problems, Illinois seems to be coming out with a new license plate design for 2009.

(Not really, but this design is making the e-mail rounds today.)

In 2002, Democrat House member Rod Blagojevich was elected governor on a reform ticket, promising a new governmental openness and change that works in Springfield. That’s because the previous governor, Republican George Ryan, was in legal trouble and is now in federal prison.

Last week U.S. Atty. Patrick Fitzgerald claimed to have FBI bugs and wiretaps showing Blagojevich demanding money for the nomination to fill a U.S. Senate seat as well as to get state contracts and aid. As The Ticket reported here a short time ago, the governor has defiantly denied those charges.


-- Andrew Malcolm

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