Former Federal Prosecutor Fitzgerald targets Quinn in attempted theft of public employee pensions.
At first I was surprised to hear that Governor Pat “Squeezy” Quinn had appointed former Federal prosecutor and corruption buster Patrick Fitzgerald to the board of trustees of the University of Illinois.
I was even more surprised that Fitzgerald had accepted the job.
Fitzgerald earned his corruption busting reputation putting Governors George Ryan and Rod Blagojevich behind bars.
And for putting dozens of other Illinois politicians in jail. At one point I believe there were more Chicago alderman in federal prisons than in city council chambers.
All due to Patrick Fitzgerald.
So, I wondered, why would he go to work for the biggest public thief of all?
Ryan was convicted of steering state contracts to friends.
Blago tried to sell Obama’s Senate seat.
But Pat “Squeezy” Quinn is engaged in a conspiracy to steal promised public pensions worth millions of dollars from retirees – grandmas and grampas who paid into the system as teachers and state workers.
He makes Ryan and Blago seem like petty street corner hustlers.
Then I realized.
This must be part of Fitzgerald’s plan to put “Squeezy” Quinn behind bars for Illinois’ biggest corruption scandal yet: Massive pension theft.
Get on the inside. Get close so he can get the goods on the Governor.
Clever guy, that Fitzgerald.