The "pay to play" scandal in which Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich apparently sought to sell off Barack Obama's Senate seat for personal profit throws a distressing light over this December 9 AP story.
So -- do we figure that Thomson city authorities perhaps failed to pay up as anticipated? And that Pontiac leaders refused the governor's winks and nods? Or that the guards' union missed a fundraiser where they were expected to kick in? Or was there a developer in Joliet with underused buildings who needed tenants and made a nice contribution to the chief executive?
All irresponsible speculation, not based by any facts. But given what was released in the tapes showing Blagojevich's understanding of the perks of his position, it's hard not to wonder.