In case you missed it, for the last week plus, my profile picture was of former governors of Illinois who ran afoul of the law either before or after their tenure. There are four, count them FOUR, within the last half century or so. Four of the last eight. Beautiful. That’s a 50% chance. Not good odds.
Licenses for Bribes Scandal (twenty-three charges, including racketeering, extortion, obstructing justice, accepting bribes)
(Fun fact: Wikipedia lists next Republican trying to replace him [and losing to Blagojevich] as “Jim Ryan [his son]”. This is wrong. And bad, even by Wikipedia standards. The two are not related; that much was reported by the media numerous times during the election.)
Savings & Loan Fraud in the 1980’s
Quote from his autobiography, “I knew this was against regulations. But like most businessmen, I saw a huge difference between regulations and law.”
Otto Kerner, Jr.: 1961-1968
(Interesting note from Wikipedia – and this may or may not be apocryphal, Kerner was turned in because the Arlington Park race track manager deducted his bribes from her tax forms because she was under impression that bribes were an ordinary business expense in Illinois. To which I reply, “Well, to an extent.”)