By DOUG IBENDAHL • November 21, 2010
Editor’s Note: This piece was originally published last year. But Peter Fitzgerald’s letter is definitely worth reading again – especially in the wake of yet another disappointing election for Illinois Republicans.
One of the finest statesmen Illinois has ever known has endorsed SB600. No one did more to take on Illinois’ culture of corruption than former U.S. Senator Peter Fitzgerald.
As just one example, we would not even have U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald (no relation) on the field in Illinois today doing his great work had it not been for Peter’s backbone and courage.
The same Old Guard that is today pulling out all the stops to prevent passage of SB600 – was just a few years ago mounting fierce opposition to Peter as he fought to bring in independent U.S. Attorneys. Fortunately for all Illinoisans, Peter won that fight. A popularly elected State Central Committee means that Republicans will be able to elect party leaders who will actually stand-up for real reformers like Peter Fitzgerald.
We invite you to stand with U.S. Senator Peter Fitzgerald in urging final passage of SB600 in the State House. You can also be a champion of real reform, and your leadership is desperately needed right now. Find out how to help here.
Doug Ibendahl is a Chicago Attorney and a former General Counsel of the Illinois Republican Party.