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· Diamond with Oak Clusters Bullet Member
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Guess what - it is not Illinois

North Dakota tops analysis of corruption

WASHINGTON — Its largest city is legendary for machine-style politics and its elected leaders have been under investigation for years, but by one measure, Illinois is not even close to the nation's most-corrupt state.
North Dakota, it turns out, may hold that distinction instead.

Federal authorities arrested Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich Tuesday after a wiretap allegedly recorded him scheming to make money on his appointment to fill the U.S. Senate seat left vacant by President-elect Barack Obama. Blagojevich, a Democrat, ran for election in part on cleaning up after his predecessor, Republican George Ryan, who was convicted in 2006 of racketeering, bribery and extortion.

"If it isn't the most corrupt state in the United States it's certainly one hell of a competitor," Robert Grant, head of the FBI's Chicago office, said Tuesday.

On a per-capita basis, however, Illinois ranks 18th for the number of public corruption convictions the federal government has won from 1998 through 2007, according to a USA TODAY analysis of Department of Justice statistics.

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The government has way too much power and that power is getting badly abused. Folks I believe the time has come for the people of this country to strip our government of most of its power and then remind those who are supposed to be serving us in an elected position that they work for us and not the other way around.

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Gotta be NJ- the scumbag dem's in power just haven't been caught yet.....
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