Remember how the Democrats promised the most ethical Congress ever? Well here is Carol Marin's take in the Chicago Sun-Times on the status of ethics reform in the new home of the national Democratic Party, Illinois, under the control of Barack Obama's mentor Emil Jones.
The modest ethics bill that finally passed this year is the symbol of all that is truly cuckoo in state government. It took three long years to arrive on the governor's desk. It is a start, just a start, in ending pay-to-play politics in Illinois, making it harder to trade political campaign contributions for big state contracts. All Blagojevich had to do was sign it.
But no. The so-called reform governor, who promised in 2005 to "rock the system" with major ethics initiatives, took that bill, added amendments to it that he knew would kill it and dropped it in the Legislature's nest.
Since the governor's enabler, President Jones, won't call the Senate back into session in time for members to override Blagojevich as the House already has, kiss that ethics bill goodbye.