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Sun Times Endorsed Blagojevich, Endorses Quinn, Complains that Brady Did not Do Enough to Fight Blagojevich

Chicago Daily Observer 10 October 2010 3 Comments

In 2006, the Chicago Sun Time heartily endorsed Democrat Rod Blagojevich, despite widespread corruption

There’s no denying the cloud of scandal over his administration. One of his chief fund-raisers, Antoin “Tony” Rezko, was indicted last week for alleged shakedowns for campaign contributions. More revelations likely will come right before the election when power broker Stuart Levine is expected to plead guilty. The governor said the charges against Rezko, if true, represent a personal betrayal by Rezko, and that he himself has never been involved in any unethical or illegal fund-raising. Our experience with Blagojevich prompts us to take him at his word. We’ve chosen to give him the benefit of the doubt and endorse him for a number of reasons.

In 2010 The Chicago Sun Times endorses Pat Quinn, despite widespread incompetence

We have our own reservations about Quinn. He can be maddeningly undisciplined, fumbling even the most sensitive issues, such as his botched early prison release program. And he has yet to find a way to check Madigan’s power.

We’d like to see the governor demand even larger concessions from the state’s main employee union and find greater Medicaid savings. We’d like to see more cuts in ineffective and duplicative programs. We’d like to see greater pension reform, with employees contributing more. And we’d like to see more ethics reforms, such as a cap on how much money party leaders can donate to candidates in general elections.

But if Illinois voters are looking for a governor who is both pro-business and pro-people, Pat Quinn is the easy call.

And bewilderingly, the Chicago Sun Times and a self appointed legal authority don’t think that Bill Brady did enough to battle Rod Blagojevich

Law professor Richard Kling, who sat in on the Blagojevich trial and teaches at Kent College of Law, similarly minimized Brady¹s role. “I don¹t remember a shred of paper generated that he was ever instrumental in anything having to do with the governor,” Kling said. “It’s bizarre these guys make these claims that they have no basis for.”

So aside from running against Blagojevich, and exposing the fraud at the Illinois Health Facilities Planning Board that got Blagojevich and Tony Rezko under Federal Investigation to begin with, there is “no basis” in the claims that Bill Brady opposed Rod Blagojevich.


  • Steve said:

    So let’s get this straight Lt. Governor Pat Quinn runs with Blago and supports him until the end: yet somehow Brady is more linked to Blago than Pat Quinn! The Chicago Sun-Times editorial board doesn’t seem to be bothered by the fact that Pat Quinn “borrowed” $300,000 from Alderman Ed Burke during the Democratic primary. This should raise an eyebrow because Alderman Burke helped bring Blago to power when he first ran for governor. Burke also tried to cut the property taxes of Tony Rezko. But, more disturbing is the fact that Alderman Ed Burke has been accused on more than occasion of fixing a murder trial for the Chicago Mob by top FBI informant Robert Cooley. Yet, Governor Pat Quinn is in hock to Alderman Burke and the Sun-Times isn’t bothered. Imagine that. No word yet on whether the Sun-Times is going to endorse Alderman Burke for Mayor.

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