Rod Blagojevich en Notable Day in Illinois Political History <p>December 9 is a significant day in Illinois' political history -- for better and for worse. Mon, 09 Dec 2013 21:59:42 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 45056 at Notable Day in Illinois Political History Blagojevich Associate Avoids Prison <p>Ali Ata will not go to prison for his role in the &quot;pay-to-play&quot; scheme of former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich.</p><p>Ata is the former head of the Illinois Finance Authority.&nbsp; He was appointed to that post by Blagojevich after making a pair of $25,000 contributions to the Governor.</p><p>Ata pled guilty to making false statements to a government agent and to filing a false income tax return in 2002.</p><p>He received a lesser sentence of four-years probation based on his testimony that led to the conviction of another Blagojevich associate, Tony Rezko.</p> Tue, 17 Jul 2012 20:57:54 +0000 James Lenz 18424 at Blagojevich Associate Avoids Prison Professor Fined For Refusing to Take Test <p>A University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign math professor will have to pay a $500 fine for refusing to take an on-line ethics test that&rsquo;s mandatory for all state and university employees.&nbsp;<br /><br />In a settlement with the state&rsquo;s ethics commission, Dr. Lou van den Dries agreed to complete the training in the future.&nbsp;<br /><br />But he still called the training Orwellian and said subjecting state employees to ethics training &ldquo;because of corruption among a few politicians&rdquo; is an irritating waste of time.<br />&nbsp; Tue, 26 Jun 2012 00:48:35 +0000 Rich Egger 17299 at Professor Fined For Refusing to Take Test Shop Talk - April 17 <p>The panelists discuss a policy implemented by Chicago State University. The Chicago Tribune reported CSU told faculty and staff that everything from opinion pieces to social media communications could require prior approval, and that only authorized university personnel could share information with the media.<br /><br /><em>(Editor&#39;s note: CSU rescinded the policy in the time since this program was recorded)</em>.<br /> Tue, 17 Apr 2012 15:45:33 +0000 Rich Egger 13623 at Shop Talk - April 17 Dubious Distinction for Illinois <p>Illinois is known as the Land of Lincoln but it could just as easily be called the Land of Graft.<br /><br />Illinois is the second most corrupt&nbsp; state -- and Chicago is the city with the most public corruption -- according to a report released by researchers from the University of Illinois at Chicago and&nbsp; the Institute of Government and Public Affairs.<br /><br />The report said there have been more than 1,500 corruption convictions in the&nbsp; federal district dominated by Chicago since 2010.<br /> Thu, 16 Feb 2012 21:07:55 +0000 Rich Egger 10351 at Dubious Distinction for Illinois