- Two adults, two kids dead in Dec. 20 Rockford shooting
- Teen in custody following shooting on Crestview
- Man sentenced to 38 years for May 2008 murder
- EarthTalk: Still in denial about climate
- Three female fugitives wanted in New Jersey restaurant theft arrested in Illinois
- Man guilty in 2012 crash into home that injured 8-year-old
- McDonald’s: Federal complaint says company is joint employer
- T-Mobile settlement: $90M for cell phone bill cramming
- Shelter Care Ministries gets $30,000 grant
- Even more dead bees?
Illinois residents ready for reform
Al Capone once said, “A good lawyer with a briefcase can steal more than 10 men with machine guns.” What Big Al didn’t know — and what a lot of bureaucrats do know — is that a bureaucrat with a typewriter can steal more than 100 lawyers if you make sure they can’t be punished. That’s why the federal government makes it a felony to lie in an official report (18 USC 1001). You don’t have to prove that the official was bribed to lie, just that he did lie. Once you have that, you can force the liar to turn state’s evidence against whoever bribed him. That’s why the federal government has such a law and Illinois does not. Contrary to conventional wisdom, not all government officials are corrupt. Some are certainly honest, but they’re unarmed. Without the weapons to use against corrupt officials, there’s just nothing they can do. Needless to say, criminals like laws that let them get away with their crimes. Another Chicago citizen, an alderman named Paddy Bauler, once said “Chicago ain’t ready for reform.” I’d say that everyone in Illinois is ready by now.
From the Dec. 21-27, 2011, issue