Why Illinois Sucks

Reply Mon 18 Feb, 2013 12:19 pm
Caramba! He's still there? I'm talking forty years ago.

Reply Mon 18 Feb, 2013 01:06 pm
No, he died in 1970.

The ultimate symbol of money in Illinois politics is a shoe box. Even though it has been decades since the death of Secretary of State Paul Powell in 1970, and the subsequent discovery of more than $800,000 in cash in his hotel room, the image of that tattered box endures.

Powell was the "gray fox of Vienna," three-time speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives, a deal maker extraordinaire. As a public servant, he never made an annual salary of more than $30,000 from a career in elected office that lasted nearly 35 years. Those outside of Illinois politics may have been shocked to discover that Powell died with all that cash and an estate valued at more than $2.6 million.

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Reply Sun 3 Mar, 2013 04:01 pm
ossobuco wrote:

... passing through, passing through.

Why not stop and get shot?
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Reply Sun 3 Mar, 2013 04:05 pm
joefromchicago wrote:

You don't know of Paul Powell? He's why "shoebox" has an entirely different connotation in Illinois.

Dah...here we go again. Only a real BO-Hunk knows what a good, old shoe box is used for...

Oh...forgot that old abortionist on the SouthSide of Chicago, who it was speculated, used to put the aborted, products of conception in shoe boxes, prior to their burials.
Reply Mon 4 Mar, 2013 09:39 am
Seek help.
Reply Mon 4 Mar, 2013 10:47 am
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Reply Sun 10 Mar, 2013 08:34 am
Totally uninformed about the history of the City of Chicago. Buy a library card.
Reply Sun 10 Mar, 2013 10:39 pm
Miller wrote:

Totally uninformed about the history of the City of Chicago.

The first step is admitting you have a problem.
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