"Where fine Illinois Politicians serve the Public" Top 5 Page for this destination Springfield by yooperprof

Springfield Travel Guide: 163 reviews and 443 photos

Monument to Public Service, Illinois Style

Oh Springfield. Oh Illinois. Is it something in the water here? Four recent governors of Illinois have been indicted for serious crimes. Two of them were convicted, and things don't look so great right now for George Ryan, the most recent former governor to be in the hot seat. That's not to mention convictions of a former State Treasurer and a former Attorney General - within the last 30 years. And then there was Paul Powell. Powell had been Secretary of State of Illinois in the 1960s. When he died, hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash was discovered in his apartment - stuffed in shoeboxes. Most of it is thought to have come from driver's licence fees which Powell kept for himself.

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  • Pros:Good highway connections to Chicago and St. Louis
  • Cons:One of the uglier cities of America, IMHO
  • In a nutshell:Lawyers, lobbyists and Lincoln-buffs
  • Last visit to Springfield: Sep 1987
  • Intro Written Jan 19, 2004
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  • Apr 17, 2010 at 10:02 PM

    we caught the owener bad mouthing customers on several occasions and we stopped going when we heard him doing it about us. Don't trust this place with your money

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    Jan 31, 2009 at 12:59 PM

    Hi Chet, your Springfield intro text certainly jibes with what I've been seeing on CNN lately -- except that now they've finally impeached one. I hope all is well with you, and you've got electricity.

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    Jul 26, 2004 at 3:16 PM

    As Jesse James once said: "I'd rather hang in Missouri, than hang around Springfield."

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