David Morrison, Deputy Director, Illinois Campaign for Political Reform
Dick W. Simpson, Professor and Head, Department of Political Science, University of Illinois Chicago
Host: David Inge
According to a report released earlier this year by the University of Illinois at Chicago, the city of Chicago leads the nation in public corruption. In the state rankings Illinois takes third place. Why does our state get such high ratings on corruption? How might Illinois politics be changed to enforce more ethical behavior on the part of politicians? We’ll talk about corruption min Illinois politics with two guests, David Morrison from the Illinois Campaign for Political reform and Dick Simpson, professor of political science at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Last week, people in Egypt went to the polls to cast votes in the country’s first free presidential elections. Of the 13 candidates competing in the first round, two will contend in a runoff next month. One is the candidate of the Muslim brotherhood; the other served as Prime Minister under the old regime of Hosni Mubarak. We welcome back Ken Cuno, associate professor of History at the University of Illinois for another conversation about Egyptian politics. We’ll talk about the recent elections and try to get a better understanding of those competing for power.
Dwight Eisenhower’s most famous speech was his last as president. We look back to that speech warning of the power of the military industrial complex. The guest in this program from the archives is James Ledbetter, author of "Unwarranted Influence." His book charts the connections between the government, military contractors and the overall economy. While military spending may have brought some benefits, there are also questions. Does our massive military establishment really make us safer?
This is a repeat broadcast from Monday, January 24, 2011, 10 am
With Dale Carpenter, J.D. (the Earl R. Larson Professor of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Law, University of Minnesota Law School)
With James Kwak, J.D. (Associate Professor at the University of Connecticut School of Law; in 2011-2012, a Fellow at the Harvard Law School Program on Corporate Governance)
With Catherine Crump, J.D. (Staff Attorney, The American Civil Liberties Union's Speech, Privacy & Technology Project; Non-Residential Fellow, Stanford Center for Internet and Society), and , and Jay Stanley (Senior Policy Analyst, Speech, Privacy and Technology Program, The American Civil Liberties Union)
With Edward Bland (Executive Director, Housing Authority of Champaign County), and , and Greg Hilleary (Executive Director, Danville Housing Authority)
With João Vale de Almeida (Ambassador, Head of Delegation Delegation of the European Union to the United States), and , and Kostas Kourtikakis, Ph.D. (Lecturer & Research Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Illinois)
With Jamey Dunn (Statehouse Bureau Chief at Illinois Issues ), and , and John S. Jackson, Ph.D. (Visiting Professor, Paul Simon Institute)
With The Honorable Chapin Rose (Representative to the Illinois State House from the 110th District; Candidate for the Illinois State Senate for the 51st District)