CHICAGO - John Kass says this weekend what few others will say about House Speaker Mike Madigan and how he runs the Illinois Democrat Party and a sizable share of Illinois Republicans' pocketbooks. The Metra board is an alleged scandal that may have legs. From Kass' Saturday column -
Madigan makes millions as a private attorney reducing the taxes of wealthy real estate interests. He represents much of the real estate in downtown Chicago, and much of that real estate is owned by Republicans who subsidize the Democratic boss.
If Madigan wanted to take care of a political toady, why didn't he just hire him in his private business and spend his own cash?
Why would Madigan insist Ward get a nice public raise at public expense?
Because he can. Because he thinks it's his money. And that attitude, that arrogance, is the biggest slap of all.
They take our taxes and use public money to build political control. Then they leverage that control to make private fortunes.Why did he do what some say he did? Because he can, Kass said.