What Are Some Historical Facts About the Government in Illinois?


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Some historical facts about the government in Illinois are that the state adopted a new constitution in 1970 and that Illinois elected Carol Moseley Braun to the U.S. Senate in 1992. The federal Judicial District for Northern Illinois reports more judicial corruption than any other federal district in the United States, with several former Illinois governors receiving prison time for various corruption and fraud convictions.

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Illinois officially became a state in 1818. The state's constructed capitol building of 1888 still stands. The state began a tollway system in 1958. Carol Moseley Braun's election to the U.S. Senate was the first black woman elected to the U.S. Senate from any state.

Reboot Illinois lists the state of Illinois as the third-most corrupt state in the United States, as of 2013. Reboot Illinois claims that state-wide corruption inflates public contracts by as much as five percent, costing taxpayers millions of dollars each year. Former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich faced impeachment before numerous corruption convictions sent him to prison in 2011. Allegations against Blagojevich included trying to sell President Barack Obama's U.S. Senate seat.

Another former Illinois governor, George Ryan, received a sentence of more than six years for his role in racketeering while governor and secretary of state. Bribery convictions sent Otto Kerner to prison for three years. Likewise, Dan Walker received federal convictions for bank fraud and served more than a year in federal prison.

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