Archive for October 23, 2022

Today Tom Brady the Greatest Football player who ever played the game only managed 3 pts against a horrible Carolina team that just traded away their best player.

The last time Brady had a losing record this late in a season as a starter is never.

Willie Mays lost it all at once, Brady hasn’t quite lost it but I suspect his marital troubles have been enough to make the difference since his biggest strength has always been his head

This week both McDonalds and Wendy’s had no carbon for their soft drinks, McD’s gave out cans, Wendys had vitamin water.

Meanwhile the part that my church’s furnace needs to be fixed has not come in in the two weeks since the furnace broke and the heating guy ordered it.

I’m old enough to remember when the US wasn’t a 3rd world nation on this stuff and if you were alive during the Trump years so do you.

With the Democrats in full retreat the decision of Mitch McConnell to pull funding for General Don Bolduc in NH is inexplicable. Well maybe not.

If he things he has the majority in hand he just might figure he would rather risk a deep state democrat than a Trump loyal member of the GOP not part of the establishment.

Given what we’ve seen from the justice department under Merrick Garland I’m totally convinced that Mitch deserves a statue for keeping him off the supreme court but this is a BS move, particularly when for decades we conservatives have been urged to hold our noses to unite against the left.

I keep hearing people say they regret their vote for Bush or Romney or McCain.

I don’t. Gore in office on 9/11 would have been a disaster. Not only were both Romney and McCain were better than Obama but I suspect a lot of the recruitment of folks willing to sic the FBI on pro-life survivors of concentration camp from Obama.

The were all the right choice given the alternative and I don’t regret it one bit. What they did afterwards doesn’t change this.

Finally I’ve come down with Pneumonia. I’ve spent more time sick in the last month than I have in years

I went to urgent care this morning and there was quite a crowd and a very long wait, the nurses and the NP was flat out but were doing the best they could.

There was one oddity. In the three hours I was there A lot of patients came and went but with a single exception all of them had one thing in common.

All were white.

Now 35 or 40 years ago demographically this would not have been se odd, but as a person who works in a place where you can count the white folks on the fingers of one hand I found it VERY odd and living in the town with a large Spanish speaking population I found it very odd

This was not a high end place, nor somewhere that didn’t take Mass Health nor was this demographic split the case the last time I was there three weeks ago. Yet this time there were no black or brown or even Asian faces there among the patients..

It doesn’t really mean anything and as I said it’s not the norm for the place but it was so unusual in my town these days that it really jumped out at me

Madigan graphic courtesy of the Illinois Policy Institute

By John Ruberry

In March, after years of investigation, Michael Madigan, the decades-long speaker of the Illinois House and chairman of the state Democratic party, was indicted on corruption charges. The heart of that indictment was centered on northern Illinois’ principal electric utility, Commonwealth Edison, in what the indictment termed a “years-long bribery scheme” involving contracts, jobs, and of course favors, such as legislation favoring ComEd. Earlier this month, Madigan was indicted again, this time AT&T Illinois, a subsidiary of the much-larger AT&T, was the company involved. 

ComEd’s parent, Exelon, is a publicly traded company, as is AT&T. 

In return for AT&T Illinois paying a $23 million fine and admitting guilt, charges will be dropped by the local U.S. attorney’s office in two years, according to the paperwork filed in federal court in a deferred prosecution agreement. ComEd agreed to a similar settlement, while paying a $200 million fine

Madigan, 80, entered public life in 1969 as a delegate to the Illinois constitutional convention. He was elected to the Illinois General Assembly from a Southwest Side Chicago district a year later. He became House Speaker in 1983. 

As I’ve remarked many times before, Illinois is in serious need of term limit laws.  

While he was running what the U.S. District Attorney of Northern Illinois later called “the Madigan Enterprise,” the Boss managed to expand his power even more by becoming chairman of the Illinois Democratic Party. Perhaps the most devious gerrymanderer ever, Madigan used that post and the speaker’s office to create supermajorities in both chambers of the General Assembly. Oh, Madigan’s daughter, Lisa, served four terms as Illinois’ attorney general during dad’s reign. 

During Madigan’s reign-of-error, Illinois’ pension bomb was created. The fingerprints of the Boss were on every state budget from 1983 until his departure from public life.

The Madigan Enterprise fell apart early last year after–on Illinois Democrats’ standards–a lackluster 2020 general election. The Boss, finally visibly tainted by the drip-drip of the ComEd scandal, was unable to win reelection as speaker. Madigan, bereft of the linchpin of his power, quietly resigned not only as state party chairman, but he also resigned his House seat. He even quit as Democratic committeeman of Chicago’s 13th Ward, where presumably he is still revered. Madigan was never interested in student council-style pretend-power, he only relished the real thing. 

AT&T Illinois sought out Madigan because it wanted to ditch its landline telephone business, which it did in 2017. The General Assembly overrode the veto of Governor Bruce Rauner, a Republican, to get the job done. 

According to the indictment, Edward Acevedo, a Madigan crony and former state representative, received $22,500 for an allegedly no-work AT&T Illinois consulting job. Acevedo is now serving time in prison for tax evasion tied to his role in the Commonwealth Edison scandal

Also indicted by the feds this month was AT&T Illinois’ former president, Paul La Schiazza, who has pleaded not guilty to the charges against him.

Many of the minions of Boss Madigan are still in the General Assembly, most prominently Chris Welch, the current Illinois House speaker who, Brutus-like, turned on Madigan last year. 

Who is still in office is something for Illinois voters to think about when they make their election choices this autumn. Especially since, I suspect, it’s hard to fathom that ComEd and AT&T Illinois were not the only companies that tried to illegally curry favor with the Madigan Enterprise.

I recently read Matt Rosenberg’s What Next, Chicago? Notes of a Pissed Off Native Sonmy review is here. In it, Rosenberg recalls a conversation with a former Chicago alderman, Dick Simpson, who told the author, “We have a rule about bureaucratic crime, that if one person is convicted there were probably ten people involved with that particular crime or that general pattern, that were not caught.” 

When Madigan was sworn into office as a state rep in 1971, Illinois had 26 electoral votes. In 2024 it will only have 19. 


Disclosure: The author of this entry worked for AT&T Wireless for over a decade.

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.