Just when you thought there might be some fresh wind blowing to improve the stench that surrounds politics in the State of Illinois there comes to light another story that guarantees the smell will linger.
Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has appointed former State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias to be the Chairman of the Illinois Community College Board. While this appointment does not carry a salary, it keeps Democrat Giannoulias in the public eye until he can mount another run for some office, since he lost his 2010 U.S. Senate race to Republican Mark Kirk.
This is a pattern for Gov. Quinn. He has recently appointed three other losers to positions as follows:
Dan Seals lost three straight congressional elections (including the 2010 primary), was hired by Quinn as Assistant Director of the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, at a salary of $121,029.
Former State Rep. Julie Hames lost last year’s 10th District Democratic primary to Seals. (Seals was then defeated in November, 2010 by Republican Robert Dold.) Now Quinn has appointed Hames as Director of the Department of Healthcare and Family Services earning $142,000 per year.
2011 losing mayoral candidate Gery Chico (to Obama former Chief of Staff Rham Emanuel) was named Chairman of the Illinois State Board of Education, also an unpaid but high profile position.
Questions remain unanswered as to the Giannoulias relationship and employment by his family’s failed neighborhood bank in Chicago. There certainly must be some financial benefit for these high-profile politicians to take positions that do not pay a salary. Is the Brooklyn Bridge for sale?
When will the suckers (voters) wake-up and demand accountability and responsibility from their elected officials? Maybe the cause is just simply lost and the corrupt rule.