May 17, 2006


Gov's clout list hundreds long (CHRIS FUSCO AND DAVE MCKINNEY, May 17, 2006, Chicago Sun-Times)

Gov. Blagojevich's office kept a clout list of hundreds of state employees recommended by lobbyists, lawmakers and major fund-raisers -- despite the governor's repeated statements that politics doesn't influence state hiring.

The computerized list obtained by the Chicago Sun-Times was created and stored off state property, a source said, and the administration used it to track favors it handed out if Blagojevich needed something in return from the employees' patrons -- a charge the governor's office vehemently denied.

The political sponsors on the 2003 list include top Blagojevich fund-raisers Antoin "Tony" Rezko and Christopher G. Kelly, identified as "TR," "CK10" and "CK."

Other patrons of those hired include Al Ronan ("AR"), a lobbyist whose former firm was convicted in a bid-rigging scheme; Blagojevich's now estranged father-in-law, Chicago Ald. Richard Mell ("RFM" and "Mell"), and a host of other insiders whose spouses and children wound up on the state payroll.

Posted by Orrin Judd at May 17, 2006 2:03 PM

Yes, another brewing scandal to put in your back pocket when the Dem's start spouting about a Republican climate of corruption.

On a related note, Da Mare is conveniently in Israel and China as one his top boys is in the dock this week. Coincidence?

Posted by: Rick T. at May 17, 2006 4:10 PM

Now THAT'S some great old-school ham-handed Chicago style corruption.

Posted by: Pepys at May 17, 2006 4:19 PM

...and a full 50% of those names are most likely on Topinka's "Clout list," copies of which are now being shredded and deleted all over Illinois.

Late last year, Rove got a hearing for the Carlyle Group re: "consulting" for one of the State's Pensions.

Illinois - where the really big pigs come to play.

Posted by: Bruno at May 17, 2006 5:04 PM

Bruno - perhaps but getting hit first will hurt Blago more than Tapioca.

Posted by: AWW at May 17, 2006 9:36 PM
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