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Is there any half-way decent honest folk/politicians in Illinois?

I see the Reverend Jeremiah Wright's daughter is on the list.

Kickbacks, money laundering, mail fraud, wire fraud, conspiracy, etc.

6 of the 13 have pleaded guilty, the rest going to trial.
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Is there any half-way decent honest folk/politicians in Illinois?

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Yes, of course there are. Right here.
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Yes, of course there are. Right here.
And they are still voting and would probably be elected if they were on the ballot.....
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And they are still voting and would probably be elected if they were on the ballot.....
You bet your bippy.
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trying to move out of illinois like 1 person every minute already moved 2 businesses to st louis,mo... chicago or east louis all blacks lining up to recieve hand-outs or just steal it[money]
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SPRINGFIELD — Dr. Eric Whitaker, a close friend of President Barack Obama, acknowledged Thursday that he is cooperating with federal authorities working on a $433,000 kickback scheme at the state public health agency he once led, but he said he was not involved in the alleged crimes.

Whitaker declined an interview request but released a statement following the Wednesday indictment of Quinshaunta R. Golden, who was his chief of staff at the Illinois Department of Public Health. Golden is accused of conspiring with state grant recipients to divert federal money into her own pockets and then trying to cover it up.

"I had no firsthand knowledge of the activities outlined in this indictment and was not involved in any way," Whitaker said in the statement. "As requested by the U.S. attorney, I have been fully cooperating with the investigation into these matters."

There was no indication in the indictment that Whitaker knew of the wrongdoing. Asked Thursday if Whitaker is a target in the probe, James Lewis, U.S. attorney for the Central District of Illinois, offered the standard response of refusing to venture beyond details of the Golden indictment.

"At this point, the evidence has taken us to Quin Golden, and the evidence has not taken us farther," Lewis said. Pressed on whether Whitaker is in prosecutors' sights, Lewis said: "There's nothing in the material you have today that leads toward an answer to that question."

But Lewis answered "no" when asked if Obama is linked to the case, given that he is a Whitaker friend who recommended him for the public health job.

Whitaker, who golfed with Obama during the president's 52nd birthday celebration last weekend, left the state public health department in September 2007 to work with Michelle Obama at University of Chicago Medicine before leaving this year. Golden left her state job in early 2008 and joined Whitaker at U. of C.

Golden, the niece of U.S. Rep. Danny Davis, is the 13th person to be charged in a federal task force's ongoing investigation of state grant and contract fraud. Davis was aware of the investigation only "via newspaper accounts, family members and general knowledge" and never discussed it with Golden, said Davis spokesman Ira Cohen. Davis has not been questioned by federal authorities, Cohen said. more at chicago tribune
So if you golf with Obama and were ever employed at an agency that is now having problems, you are fodder for the Daily Caller/Sun Times excitement mill.
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So if you golf with Obama and were ever employed at an agency that is now having problems, you are fodder for the Daily Caller/Sun Times excitement mill.
This Whitaker feller certainly seems to be a righteous standup person.

Obama’s Buddy Eric Whitaker: Is He Clueless or What?

There are several other interesting reads if you Google Whitaker - Chicago. Including one by Brightbart. Take your pick.
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This Whitaker feller certainly seems to be a righteous standup person.

Obama’s Buddy Eric Whitaker: Is He Clueless or What?

There are several other interesting reads if you Google Whitaker - Chicago. Including one by Brightbart. Take your pick.
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This Whitaker feller certainly seems to be a righteous standup person.

Obama’s Buddy Eric Whitaker: Is He Clueless or What?

There are several other interesting reads if you Google Whitaker - Chicago. Including one by Brightbart. Take your pick.
Obama’s Buddy Eric Whitaker: Is He Clueless or What?

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One thing seems certain. President Obama’s close Chicago friend and basketball/golf buddy, Eric Whitaker, probably doesn’t have what it takes to run an agency. It’s one thing not to know one time what your underlings are up to; it’s another not to know repeatedly.

“Whitaker hasn’t been accused of any wrongdoing.” is a sentence found in nearly every news story about scandals involving those around him, but, so far, not him.

Two years ago I emailed my editor to suggest a post on what appeared to be lapses in the Chicago-born physician’s time as an administrator—mostly during his tenure as Director of the Illinois Department of Public Health, a position he held from 2003 to 2007. My then-editor replied, “Yes, absolutely.” The story fell through the lines on my “pending,” list, but it remained there, and I returned to my notes in the wake of the indictment last week of Whitaker’s former top aide.

Here’s a rundown of what one could construe as Whitaker’s blind spots—oldest first, as in the two that prompted my email to my former editor.

On September 19, 2011, Sun-Times columnist Mary Mitchell wrote about assorted scandals that, in effect, took funds and programs out of the hands of low-income people who desperately needed them. Crediting Sun-Times investigative reporters Chris Fusco and Dave McKinney, Mitchell described federal probes of “a range of `faith-based initiatives’ and health-outreach programs that were overseen by Dr. Eric Whitaker, President Barack Obama’s vacation buddy. Whitaker is not accused of any wrongdoing.”

Included in that group was a former program director of the Chicago chapter of the National Black Nurses Association whose alleged crimes Mitchell described as “diverting hundreds of thousands of dollars in taxpayer funds ... Prosecutors allege that of the $1 million in grants [she] received under Whitaker and other state-agency directors, she siphoned off $500,000 for her personal use.”

The next day, the Sun-Times’ Fusco and McKinney wrote about an AIDS-awareness program, the nonprofit Working for Togetherness—under the control of the Illinois Department of Public Health then headed by Whitaker—aimed at reaching people in “poor African-American neighborhoods.” In 2004, Fusco and McKinney wrote, “Whitaker’s department and the Illinois Department of Human Services gave Working for Togetherness $150,000 to raise awareness about AIDS in African-American communities by driving around and providing HIV test kits and information.” The attention-grabbing vehicle was a used $45,196 red, fully loaded, and “blinged” Hummer—featuring “game consoles, custom sound, television, DVD, public address, custom paints and tire rims"—bought, at least partly, with state funds.

A FOIA request that produced emails from Whitaker’s inbox included this one from his then chief of staff, Quinshaunta Golden: “Shame on whoever thought the [Working for Togetherness leader] would do something like this. What will be said now that [the staffer and his wife] are using their own personal vehicle to do outreach?”

Turns out that the now deceased Working for Togetherness leader, according to the reporters, “…used state grant money to buy the [Hummer].” Whitaker “who hasn’t been accused of any wrongdoing,” ordered that half the grant money used to buy the Hummer be repaid by the now defunct Working for Togetherness.
More at link.

Oh yeah he's a REAL stand up dude, on the order of Tony Rezko and Bill Ayers.
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