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It’s Almost ‘Fire Them All, and Let God Sort Them Out’

Interesting reform proposal for the Illinois state government:

Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan wants to “fumigate” state government with the wholesale dismissal of all appointees of ex-governors Rod Blagojevich and George Ryan — some 3,000 agency officials, and board and commission members.

Madigan unveiled his plan to reporters a few minutes ago. The measure, to be introduced in bill form next week, would give Gov. Pat Quinn 60 days to decide which holdover from his two predecessors he wants to keep in his administration. He would be able to re-appoint those people. The rest would be summarily fired, on grounds that they were brought in under two governors whose tenures were hopelessly tainted by scandal.

The world’s most famous lawmaker from Illinois has not weighed in on his old seat, his old hometown, his old state much at all, but I wonder if any Obama allies would be counted among those 3,000.

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