Merry Christmas Illinois: Blagojevich Wrapped

The Fifth Cartoon of Christmas
The Fifth Cartoon of Christmas

Update: As I said politicians, especially former Illinois governors are indeed the gift that keeps on giving. Three years after this cartoon was originally published, it’s timely again. As Blago has just been sentenced to 14 years in prison. one of the stiffest corruption-related sentences in Illinois history.

Illinois politicians seem to view the Governor’s office as “the gift that keeps on giving.” Fortunately, this year the FBI has a Christmas present for the citizens of the state: Governor Blagojevich all wrapped up and ready to drop down the chimney of one our federal prisons.

Ballpark Village

The more things change? Ballpark Village? Nothing but a parking lot and softball field for now

From 2006

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Sunday that the “Cards want public money for Ballpark Village.” This in spite of the fact that they haven’t begun to build the part of the village they promised in exchange for massive tax breaks when they built the new Busch Stadium. For the time being Ballpark Village remains a combination eyesore and parking lot.

Thus the Cards joined the Kiel Partners who reneged on renovating the Kiel Opera in exchange for help building the Kiel/Savvis/Scottrade for the hockey Blues and the Rams who at least had the integrity not to promise anything in exchange for a sweetheart deal at the Dome at America’s Center/Transworld/Edward Jones Dome.