Illinois: Corrupt or Not?

MIXED MESSAGES: Two reports on public corruption in Illinois and other states are at odds


Why Is Illinois So Corrupt? »
Local government experts explain the causes of the state’s sleazy political nature

When the political science department at the University of Illinois at Chicago released a study a few months back crowning Chicago the most corrupt metro area in the nation (and Illinois the third most corrupt state), it wasn’t exactly a surprise.

Yet with the ink barely dry on the UIC report, a collaboration led by the Center for Public Integrity, a Washington-based watchdog group, released its own report card on political corruption nationwide. While no parent would be proud of its grades (eight Cs, two Ds, and an F), Illinois ranked as the tenth least corrupt state (tied with Hawaii and Massachusetts) in the country.

Who’s right? You be the judge.


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METHODOLOGY: Took a historical approach, adding up the number of federal convictions of Illinois elected officials and their aides between 1976 and 2010.

KEY NUMBERS: The report calculates that 1,828 Illinoisans have been convicted on public corruption charges since 1976, the third most of any state, behind New York (2,522) and California (2,345). Of those, 1,531 are from the Chicago metro area, the most of any federal court district.

CONCLUSIONS: “The extent and pervasiveness of bribery, fraud, stealing from the taxpayers, and illegal patronage have made the city and state national leaders of corruption.”

PROPOSED REFORMS: Urges a law allowing voters to pass ethics reforms by referendum. Also recommends an increased role for the city inspector general, amending the city’s ethics ordinance to apply to aldermen and their staffs, and banning almost all gifts to elected officials.



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METHODOLOGY: Analyzed 330 “corruption risk indicators” in 14 categories—including campaign financing, ethics enforcement, public access to information, and the redistricting and state budget processes—taking into account whether laws exist and if they’re effective.

KEY NUMBERS: Gives Illinois an overall score of 74% (a solid C on its A-to-F scale) including 94% for internal auditing, 82% for public access to information, and 100% for competitive bidding processes for major public contracts.

CONCLUSIONS: After suffering through indictment after indictment of local political figures, Chicago and Illinois have enacted a series of ethics reforms that are now stronger than those of most other states. “New campaign finance limits [and] an overhaul of state procurement rules . . . amount to substantive change.”

PROPOSED REFORMS: Favors continued strengthening of existing ethics laws by closing loopholes.



2 years ago
Posted by Celtictc

Who is there to protect us from the people we elect to protect us?

Has it been noticed that the political party that had successfully turned Illinois into a one party state; as Chicago is a one party city; can manage elections for their benefit, but is incapable of managing the State for the benefit of its citizens.

2 years ago
Posted by SB

The creators of those two reports should be proud. Those reports have actually factored greatly in a significant fight against public corruption that is literally ongoing at this very moment (especially the February 2012 report by the Univ. of Illinois at Chicago). The impact of the Univ. of Illinois at Chicago report is evident in the complaint displayed at the webpage referenced in the below message. All concerned citizens will probably be interested in the below message which was previously posted elsewhere.


These cases of disgraced public servants are appearing in the news more and more. Maybe public servants will start to get the message that people are fed-up and that corruption will not be tolerated. We can only hope. However, I’m glad to see tougher public corruption focused legislation being enacted in various states across the U.S.; I truly hope that trend continues.

Well, the below message was previously posted elsewhere (information was updated on 05/07/2012). However, it also pertains to public corruption—public corruption that has infected yet another part of Florida (so much that the corruption has now also spread to the 2012 election process)—so it is fitting that I share it here. It seems as though yet another Florida election fiasco is on the horizon. The public should be aware of this as well.


Next stop Gainesville, Fla. (i.e. "Gator Country"). “Why specifically?”, you ask.

Because in Alachua County, within recent months, numerous and egregious violations of law have been committed that warrant multiple criminal prosecutions and other severe government sanctions. These crimes have had all types of deleterious effects including, but not limited to, once again placing the integrity of Florida’s election results (for 2012) in jeopardy. A few of the things that are central to this issue are:

David P. Kreider [Mr. Kreider, a proven criminal, is a corrupt Alachua County Court judge. This criminally-corrupt judge also happens to be both (a) one of the circuit's former prosecutors and (b) a former Division Chief for the State Attorney's Office.]

Robert Roundtree, Chief Judge for Florida’s 8th Judicial Circuit (he recently replaced the embattled Martha Lott who resigned from her chief judge post subsequent to becoming embroiled in this scandal which has started to implode; her resignation was announced on 04/09/2012 and was reported to have gone into effect on 04/05/2012)

Spencer Mann, Chief Investigator for the State Attorney’s Office of Florida’s 8th Judicial Circuit

William "Bill" Cervone, State Attorney for Florida's 8th Judicial Circuit

The conspiracy / scandal related to the "Gibson Case"

The two irrefutable reports and extensive corroborating evidence that is in the possession of agencies, including those within Florida’s 8th Judicial Circuit (and the aforementioned Spencer Mann and Chief Judge’s office). The comprehensive reports and evidence span a total of more than 100 pages and in-depthly detail criminal activities carried out under the color of law by criminal/judge David P. Kreider and various other co-conspirators.
(updated 05/07/2012)

This is the gateway to serious corruption and a major cover-up attempt.


Inexplicably, at this critical time, the ability to update the completely truthful complaint that is displayed at the above url has been blocked (this problem arose fairly recently). has been notified in hopes that the issue will be remedied promptly (especially before the involved co-conspirators make any additional damaging/wrongful maneuvers or inappropriately benefit from the dissemination of any additional misinformation outside of scrutiny). For the most part, as of now (05/18/2012), to the best of my knowledge the report at the above url is up-to-date and the involved co-conspirators haven't executed any additional illicit maneuvers that haven't already at least been touched upon in the webpage complaint).

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