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No sympathy no more for Quinn

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No sympathy no more for Quinn

Marni Pyke's column May 12 was regarding James Sweeny's union making contribution's to Governor Quinn's election fund approaching a half-million dollars through 2011.

I suppose the reporting requirements for 2012 and 2013 have not yet reached public scrutiny or we would probably be reading about contributions in excess of a half million. The article went on at least six times to point out that these contributions were not illegal and not linked to Mr. Sweeny's being named by Quinn to the Tollway Board.

I have always believed that if something must be defended by reliance on the law, it is still inappropriate. Just like the smell of fermenting cabbage signals the presence of soon to be sauerkraut, the stink of this story signals the presence of the type of cronyism all too typical of Illinois politics.

I once was sympathetic for Gov. Quinn, considering the mess he inherited from his predecessor. It now appears that his actions are not to root out these legal but illicit practices but merely to establish himself as the beneficiary of them. He no longer warrant sympathy or support.

Raymond Bellock

Sleepy Hollow

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