The wide-ranging and still-expanding public corruption investigations unfolding before our eyes have even the most jaded observers of Illinois government rubbing their eyes.

Subpoenas, searches and speculation have touched the state’s largest utility, one of its most respected civic clubs a handful of state legislators and Chicago aldermen, a posse of political hangers-on and one of the most powerful politicians in the state — longtime House Speaker Michael Madigan.

Only a few indictments have come — so far. Those charged say they are innocent, and none have gone to trial yet.

We don’t need to wait for court verdicts to see what is plainly before us: a comprehensive culture of insider dealing that appears corrupt. Some of it may be legal, some of it probably not, but the bottom-line perfidy clear.

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David Greising

David Greising is the president and chief executive of the Better Government Association, joining the BGA in 2018. For nearly a century, the BGA has fought for honest and effective government through investigative...