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The Strenuous Life- Reviewing 2011

“… do not shrink from danger, from hardship, or from bitter toil”
Teddy Roosevelt, April 10, 1899 Hamilton Club, Chicago


As 2011 draws to a close, let’s share a few reflections on what we’ve achieved together during the past year.

In 2011, we fulfilled our promises.

We promised to open the books- and the books are open.  In September, we posted the pay and pensions for virtually every public employee at every level of Illinois government.  In addition to the website, you can download the iPhone app.  Nearly 50,000 users have rendered approximately 750,000 inquires since the launch.

We promised more forensic auditing in Illinois.  Co-drafting HR52 with State Rep Dwight Kay (R-Glen Carbon) in February, a forensic audit of state employee workers compensation claims passed the House 111-00.  As the audit wraps up in early 2012, we anticipate that the Auditor General will unveil the largest fraud and corruption scandal since the indictments of both governors.

We promised to hold our elected representatives accountable.  Scoring eleven key votes, our legislative summary “The Last Six Months in Springfield” and our “For The Record” Scorecard” Scorecard codified the carnage: higher taxes, more spending and constricted citizen access to government information.  Only eleven Republicans and zero Democrats out of 177 members of the General Assembly had perfect voting records.

Cleaning up legal and illegal corruptions, our legislative work is not finished.  After pension “corruptions” of Blagojevich, Cellini, Levine and the subsequent federal SEC investigation, taxpayers must demand a forensic audit of the pensions (HR31).  Furthermore, public pensions should be for government work, period (SB2499).  Hard working public employees need protection from clouted non-government interests who have “muscled” their way into our government pension systems and are draining tens of millions.

Our vision is a proud Illinois with reputation of integrity and opportunity where citizens and institutions can flourish.

Illinois’ transformation won’t happen overnight and it won’t happen by the hand of just one of us. But instead by the united actions of all of us, we will spur one another on to return Illinois to the Land of Lincoln.

The thousands of Illinoisans working to save our state are not only altering its course, but also changing it forever.

Will you join us, for the good of Illinois?

Consider contributing $25, $50 or $100 online today to ensure we have the resources needed to continue to work toward a new day.

Hank Kruse
Chairman & President | For the Good of Illinois

Past President
Adam Andrzejewski

PS – Please consider a gift of $25, $50 or $100 to promote limited, accountable and transparent government in Illinois.  For more information or to contribute online, visit forthegoodofillinois.org.

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