David Miller, Democratic nominee for State Comptroller, said he strongly disagrees with Judy Barr Topinka’s calling former Governor George Ryan’s crimes “penny ante”.
â€œGovernor George Ryan are `penny ante,â€Â said Miller, alluding to Topinka’sÂ August 17th interview on ABC-7 News.is wrong to say that the crimes committed by former
In a prepared statement, Miller said â€œPerhaps she needs to be reminded that former Governor George Ryan, her longtime political ally, was convicted on all 18 serious charges against him by a federal jury. And perhaps she needs to be reminded that George Ryan was convicted of stifling an investigation into bribes paid for truck driverâ€™s licenses â€“ a crime that led to a van explosion that killed six children.â€
â€œJudy Baar Topinka is wrong to call racketeering, bribery, extortion, money laundering, tax fraud and conspiracy – crimes Ryan was convicted of â€“ â€˜penny anteâ€™,â€ Miller added.
â€œCorruption has been a bipartisan problem in this state, and we cannot minimize the cost of public corruption at any time â€“ by any party – in Illinois,â€ said Miller, who helped lead the charge for â€™s impeachment. â€œThe cost, in , is too high. No public crimes are â€˜penny anteâ€™ and the people of Illinois are sick and tired of that kind of politics-as-usual attitude.â€
â€œIâ€™m running for State Comptroller to end the politics of the past and bring new leadership to Illinois.â€
â€œThese cases also underscore the need for more transparency â€“ the kind of transparency proposal I am promoting throughout the state this week. We can do better.â€