Whenever you need to be depressed about the state of democracy in this fair country, you can depend on Illinois politics to put you in a miserable place. The CHICAGO TRIBUNE says that the latest scandal involves nepotism, really bad judgment and a disgraced former college basketball star. Oh, Illinois politics, you never fail to amaze.
To say that Tony Cole has a checkered past is probably giving him too much credit. He was kicked off the Georgia basketball team after allegations by his girlfriend that he was involved in gang-raping her (the charges were later dropped). He was also a catalyst in blowing the whistle in the grade-fixing scandal that eventually cost Jim Harrick his job, and recently was charged with hitting his girlfriend and later threatening her over the phone.