With three former Illinois governors—George Ryan, Dan Walker and Otto Kerner Jr., being incarcerated for various misdoings, and another governor (Rod Blagojevich) fighting to stay out of the prison’s “governor’s wing,” it’s a statement of fact that the state of Illinois has a long legacy of public corruption. In fact, according to MSNBC, at least 79 elected Illinois officials have been convicted of wrongdoing since 1972.

Make that 80. It may not be extraordinary that the former mayor of Niles, Ill., was sentenced to a year and a day in federal prison for taking thousands of dollars in exchange for steering businesses to a friend's insurance agency.

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