In rural Iroquois County, the citizens find out that all corruption is local
by Adam Andrzejewski
An IT forensic audit of government computers allegedly turns up porn, theft of services, bid rigging, campaigning, running personal businesses, political fundraising, surfing sports websites, and thousands of Facebook posts, dating and shopping website hits.
It starts with a small felony — a $340 donation from a government entity to a political committee, or a mayor paying for his continuing legal education with his city credit card. It ends with two former governors in jail and three federal investigations of the current governor based upon a corrupt sense of self-entitlement.
If you don’t fix the broken window, the whole house, from foundation to shingle, rots to the core. That’s the story of Illinois.
For those who are unfamiliar with the Broken Windows Theory, it debuted in a1982 essay in the Atlantic Monthly. The theory suggests that decline to lawlessness begins when a community tolerates minor violations of public order — vandalism of abandoned structures, turnstyle jumpers and the like — and that cracking down on small offenses discourages more serious crimes.
It’s time to aggressively apply that theory to Illinois’ public servants. It is time to crack down on the small stuff, not only looking into behaviors in the statewide offices and agencies, but burrowing down to the township and municipal level, where the mindset of waste, greed and insider dealing sets in.