A fascinating figure that illustrates the ethical cesspool that is Illinois politics:
Researchers at the University of Illinois-Chicago tallied the price of corruption to state taxpayers: at least $500 million a year. Based on prosecution costs and estimates that 5 percent of state contracts go to the politically connected, that equals $109 per family. The total is enough to pay the average salary for 8,214 public school teachers.
I’m just relieved that our president managed to emerge from that vortex of corruption unsullied by any muck or moral compromises.