It’s been a long time coming, but public officials in Illinois are finally being called to account for their decades of egregious self-dealing. Members of the Madigan mob aren’t getting automatic passes anymore, and even small fry like former Wood River Drainage and Levee District treasurer Jamie Butkovich have been brought up on charges.
If you found out you habitually had been overcharged for something or charged for something you didn’t want or know you were getting, you’d have a right to complain, to expect an end to the abuse and to receive reimbursement in full.
When State Supreme Court Justice Lloyd Karmeier retires from the bench next December, there’ll be many ways to judge his 16-year career on the high court, including the quality of the decisions he made, the quality of the company he kept and the friends he made, and the quality of the enemies he accumulated.
The RiverBend Growth Association sent a letter to its members recently urging them to support renewal of Dale Chapman’s contract as president of Lewis & Clark Community College at the meeting of the college board this week.
How many quid pro quos was Alderman Burke offering? Was he dangling the possibility of special consideration only before the Chicago City Council, or did he lead some of his victims to believe that he might have “sway” with the state supreme court, too?
There once was a time when southern Illinois' appellate court system provided cover for some of the most outlandish claims in the nation (retailer class actions awarding millions in fees to lawyers and coupons to consumers over disputes involving pennies comes to mind), with no aspect of commerce immune from litigation.
The race to cannibalize the few remaining, still-solvent companies in any way associated with the asbestos industry continues. Leading the race once again, filing more suits than any other firm in the nation’s premier asbestos docket is (drum roll, please) – Gori Julian.
Why are most people law-abiding? Why does anyone obey the law? Is it because they fear the penalties for breaking it? They may, but that’s not the reason. No, most people obey the law because they believe it’s generally reasonable and fairly applied, and that it’s in everyone’s best interests to be law-abiding.
When dairy prices rise, having a cow is a good thing – for dairy farmers, anyway. Assuming that their costs haven’t risen and offset the added income, they make more money, which is good for them. They can stay in business and keep feeding the American people, many of whom seem to have no idea where milk, cheese, and beef come from.