Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Gubernatorial ethics test

From a 2004 press release:

Ensconced in the privacy of his office, long after his staff had left for the day, Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich settled in front of his computer to test his personal ethics.

Scenarios rolled across his screen, offering up situations that any state worker might face: If a state contractor promises to put a new roof on his house in exchange for new business, can he take it? If a lobbyist wants to pay for a free weekend of golf, should he accept it? If a company seeking a government contract slips him season Cubs tickets, can he keep them?

Again and again, Blagojevich clicked on the "no" button.

Illinois Takes On Its Culture of Scandal (illinois.gov)
The context: Illinois requires all state employees to take a yearly ethics test. Oh, irony!

If the above link fails to work, here's a cached version of the press release.

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comments: 4

Geo-B said...

Well, at least we people from Illinois got to feel proud for a month.

Michael Leddy said...

I'm still proud of our prez-elect. But "Illinois" feels like some far-fetched television show right now.

macon d said...

And speaking, as you do, of comics, I find the resemblance between Blogo and Dondi remarkable. There's something cartoonish about Blogo's appearance, especially that helmet. I mean, hair.

Michael Leddy said...

That resemblance is scary (as is Dondi himself).