After two trials, millions of taxpayer dollars, and limitless embarrassment to the State of Illinois, a jury convicted former Gov. Rod Blagojevich yesterday of political corruption. Yet the state remains riddled with corruption and cronyism. My verdict: It’s a start. Let’s get ’em all.
My suggestion: Let’s allow politicians to raise as much money for their campaigns as they want, with two restrictions: (1) They can never cash it out for their personal use, and (2) they must give any leftover campaign money to the public treasury after every election. This would greatly lessen the corrupting influence of money on state politics.