Requests from white Democratic legislators to former Gov. Rod Blagojevich seeking jobs and raises succeeded 68 percent more often than requests from other legislators, according to statistics the Chicago Sun-Times published last week.
Almost half the requests of white Democrats achieved their purpose, but the success rate dropped below 30 percent for blacks, Latinos and Republicans.
As a result White Democrats, less than 40 percent of the legislature, secured more than 70 percent of the jobs and raises that resulted from the requests.
The Sun-Times, examining a database of patronage hires kept by Blagojevich aides from 2003 to 2005, found 467 successes for White Democrats and 195 for others.
Rep. Jay Hoffman of Collinsville, a white Democrat, gained the best results.
He sent 205 requests and succeeded 140 times, a success rate of .683.
Nearby white Democrats topped his rate, though not at his volume.
Rep. Dan Reitz of Steeleville sent 84 requests and succeeded 58 times, a rate of .690.
Sen. Deanna Demuzio sent 38 and succeeded 28 times, a rate of .737.
Rep. Brandon Phelps of Norris City sent 50 and succeeded 40 times, a rate of .800.
Blagojevich didn't get too excited about requests from House Speaker Michael Madigan of Chicago, who sent 98 letters and succeeded 33 times for a .337 rate.
At least Madigan scored better than black legislators.
Sen. Donne Turner of Chicago sent 57 requests and succeeded nine times, a rate of .158.
Sen. Rickey Hendon of Chicago sent 40 and succeeded seven times, a rate of .175.
Rep. Constance Howard of Chicago sent 21 and succeeded twice, a rate of .095.
Rep. William Davis of Homewood achieved the best result among blacks, with 15 successes from 23 requests, a rate of .652.
Latino legislators fared worst of all.
Sen. Iris Martinez sent 41 requests and succeeded three times, a rate of .073.
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