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Editorial: Self-promotion, Blago style

Updated: August 3, 2011 10:17PM



Illinois took one more small step Thursday in its Rod Blagojevich detox program.

From now on, politicians of the Blagojevich ilk can no longer use state dollars to plaster their names on state signs in a thinly disguised attempt to boost their political fortunes.

A new law, signed by Gov. Pat Quinn on Thursday, bans state officials from putting their names or images on signage that hypes taxpayer-funded programs.

Former Gov. Blagojevich perfected that abuse in 2006 when he used $480,000 in state funds on 32 signs bearing his name along heavily traveled toll roads to tout the launch of the I-PASS system.

Did we mention he was in the middle of a re-election campaign?

After years of failed attempts, state legislators this spring finally found the nerve to pass this small but significant piece of legislation.



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