So, Why Didn’t Illinois State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias Just Ask for a Confiscated Vehicle?

Take a look at this May 1st article I found in Elgin’s Courier-News.

It tells of how the head of the State Police Merit Board got “a 2006 Dodge Charger, boasting a ‘Hemi” V-8 engine that blasts from zero to 60 in 5 seconds.”

Fewer than 12,000 miles.

So, why didn’t State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias just cozy up to the State Police and ask for a fancy vehicle instead of buying a Ford Escape hybrid SUV, instead of buying it with Bright Start college savings money?

You remember reading about the $85 million lost in that investment program, right?

Ray Hanania asks in his SWNewsHerald online column,

“Why is the Bright Star controversy so important in all of this? It’s such a small breach of ethics. Yet that small breach of ethics is symbolic of the problem Giannoulias presents to this state.

“If he will take money from a fund set up to help little kids one day have the money to go to college so he can buy an SUV, then he would surely look you straight in the eye and tell you he is the champion of the public and quietly pat the bankers on the bank as they continue to pillage the consumer.”

For additional context, please read the column.

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Editorial cartoonist Chris Britt of the State Journal-Register drew the cartoon from which this image is extracted. Entitled “A NOT SO BRIGHT START,” he has Giannoulias saying, “This shows ya what a college education can buy.”

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