Challenging the Culture of Corruption: Game-Changing Reform for Illinois

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In this important book, Patrick Collins gives a first-hand account of the federal investigation and trial that landed former Governor George Ryan in prison and demonstrated the cost and tragic consequences of Illinois' "culture of corruption." Collins also reflects on his recent service as chair of the Illinois Reform Commission and calls on his fellow citizens of Illinois to launch a long-term, concerted effort to change that culture. He outlines four specific reforms that ...

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Overview

In this important book, Patrick Collins gives a first-hand account of the federal investigation and trial that landed former Governor George Ryan in prison and demonstrated the cost and tragic consequences of Illinois' "culture of corruption." Collins also reflects on his recent service as chair of the Illinois Reform Commission and calls on his fellow citizens of Illinois to launch a long-term, concerted effort to change that culture. He outlines four specific reforms that could have a "game-changing" effect on "business as usual":

Passing True Campaign Finance Reform to eliminate the "pay-to-play" nature of politics by closing loopholes that give preferential treatment to legislative leaders and party bosses, by experimenting with public financing of judicial campaigns, and by pursuing ways to make media advertising less costly to candidates.

Creating a Fair and Competitive Election Process to improve our democracy by dramatically altering the way we draw our legislative districts.

Enhancing Corruption-Fighting Tools to allow state law enforcement officers the same tools that federal agents utilize successfully to expose wrongdoing by public officials.

Improving Voter Access and Participation to encourage enhanced citizen participation in elections and governance.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780879464240
  • Publisher: ACTA Publications
  • Publication date: 1/28/2010
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Challenge 5

I My Education in the Culture of Corruption 13

II The Real Cost of Corruption 29

III A Call from a Future Governor 39

IV A Call to Action 47

V Campaign Finance Reform: Finishing What Was Started 53

VI Should We Pick Our Leaders or Should They Pick Us? 67

VII Recorded Conversations: The Best Evidence and the Best Deterrent 83

VIII Do We Want People to Participate...or Not? 99

Conclusion: What We Can Do Right Now 117

Acknowledgments 125

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