Sherman H. Skolnick
| Billion Dollars In Reported
Bribes To Apparently Effect
by Sherman H.
Remember the words of Richard Milhous Nixon? "The
people have to know whether their president is a crook. And I am not a
That should echo into the ear of George H. Ryan. He was
elected on the GOP ticket in 1998 as Illinois Governor in a very close
election. According to polls, if a third party were on the gubernatorial
ballot, Ryan could not have been elected. There was about a 3 per cent
difference in votes between Ryan and his Democrat opponent, Glenn Poshard.
According to our exclusive stories, and not denied, Ryan
reportedly paid off some on the Illinois State Board of Elections to arbitrarily
kick off the ballot a third party that was expected to pull upwards of
8 per cent of the vote for Governor. Some one million dollars was reportedly
split between some elections board officials and state and federal revenue
bosses who blackmailed their way into the bribery melon.
According to our previous exclusive stories, and never
denied, an elite IRS team, however, made a referral to the Justice Department
that they proceed with federal criminal prosecution of Ryan for reputed
(1) For the reported Elections Board corruption instigated
(2) For Ryan benefitting from large sums to Ryan for
his election campaign, reportedly obtained by his henchmen requiring bribes
garnered by his employees at his previous post to be turned over. These
were bribes to then employees of Ryan to issue drivers licenses to those
not eligible. These reported bribes were in Ryan's previous position as
Illinois Secretary of State in charge of statewide drivers license facilities.
A number of those then working for Ryan have already pleaded guilty to
federal criminal charges of bribery but said that THEY did not keep the
bribe loot but turned it over to Ryan who does not remember them or getting
We have also previously exclusively stated, and was never
denied, that the elite IRS team, after the first Justice Department rejection,
made a second referral that Ryan be prosecuted for further bribery in reported
kick-backs. In the fall of 1999, Ryan went to Cuba in a reputed goodwill
tour to bring two million dollars of items donated by pharmaceutical firms
who got a tax write-off. The items were given to Cuba-based drug store-type
operations to be quietly resold for some 30 million dollars to Cubans made
anxious for such by the U.S. embargo. With reported kick-backs to Ryan,
via one of his top cronies in State government, Ryan reported got part
of 30 per cent of the 30 million dollars of supposed charity items.
In addition, according to the IRS team's reported referral,
and never denied, they asked the Justice Department to begin the federal
criminal prosecution of Ryan for reported kick-backs from riverboat gambling
casinos supervised by Ryan's appointees to the Illinois Gaming Commission
racked with scandals.
Also, in one of our exclusive previous stories, and never
denied, Ryan is reportedly implicated with corrupt top State revenue officials
and present and former IRS officials from Chicago who operate a gambling
casino boat in the Caribbean as a reputed floating money laundry for dope
and other illicit proceeds. By a series of arrangements, as we have previously
explained, there are reported links to those who apparently orchestrated
the Elian Gonzalez caper.
While the further IRS elite team's referrals to the Justice
Department were pending, asking for the prosecution of Ryan for various
reported bribery, he reportedly gave bribes or gifts to various State Democrat
officials to get or buy their assistance in several nefarious projects:
(1) to persuade top Illinois Democrats to pressure the
Clinton Justice Department NOT to prosecute Ryan for various reputed bribes,
thus rejecting the IRS team's referrals.
(2) to ostensibly get top Illinois Democrats to forget
about supporting Albert Gore, Jr., for President and instead, somehow,
throw their weight in support of George W. Bush for the White House. Of
course, some people are not yet ready to accept our labeling of Bill Clinton
as a closet Republican tied to highly corrupt Illinois state GOP officials
who are given a pass by the Justice Department.
And look what happened to almost two dozen key reporters
stationed in Illinois in the print and electronic media: A wired up "mole"
who they accepted as a fellow reporter, got many key reporters into a discussion
of the reputed ONE BILLION DOLLARS of bribes by Ryan to top Illinois Democrats
Here are some sample details from the mole's "wire":
Question (to print media hotshots): "You know about
the billion dollars of bribes reportedly doled out by Governor Ryan to
get key Illinois Democrats to dump Gore and push George W. Bush,right?
and to put in the fix with Justice [Department] to save Ryan from jail,
Answer (similar from each reporter): "Of course
we know, but don't quote me. We have confirmed it from our reliable sources.
But we are told to skip it."
Question: "By whom?"
Answer: "Oh, you know, the assistant editor, the
editor, you know, the higher-ups, the brass."
Question: "So you believe the story has legs. Is
it going anywhere?"
Answer (similar from each reporter): "The story
is correct, confirmed. But it is spiked, dead."
Question (to electronic media hotshots): "So you
know key Illinois Democrats got part of the billion dollar bundle, from
Governor Ryan,right? To get Justice [Department] to save Governor Ryan
and to dump Gore in favor of Bush, right?"
Answer (similar from each electronic media hotshot):
"Oh, every one here knows the story is correct from various good sources.
But it isn't going anywere."
Answer (similar from each reporter): "Oh, you know,
the news director said to get the heck off of it. And we heard growling
noises from the station manager."
These are typical answers and samples of answers elicited
by the wired up "mole" from reporters stationed in various government
building pressrooms in Chicago, the Illinois State capitol in Springfield,
and elsewhere. Some reporters confided to the mole that they already turned
in well-sourced stories of specific top Illinois Democrats who got the
reported pay-offs from Ryan disguised, as among other things, as so-called
"discretionary funds" and such.
For example, the Democrat leader in the Illinois State
Senate in the State capitol, Springfield, Emil Jones, Jr., from Chicago,
reportedly got 95 million dollars in so-called "discretionary funds"
to dole out to his cronies or to use it any way he chooses. The reputed
Governor Ryan pay-off list seems to include every key Democrat in Illinois
With a heavy electoral vote, Illinois has to be included
in the column of any would-be successful candidate for U.S. President.
Under law, the presidential candidate who carries the state's popular vote
gets ALL of the State's electoral votes which is the final factor in who
wins the election.
Mass media reporters, however, are not accustomed to
being fingered by a wired up "mole". Yet, they have run stories
of some one else's "mole" exposing some government officials
and their hanky-panky. Cynics expect screams of pain and recriminations
from various print and electronic media reporters who, after all, are paid
a great deal more than the common folk of Illinois and a lot of other places.
And these well-paid elitists, in their expensive cars, do not seem ready
to fight for the truth to be told.
The U.S. Attorney in Chicago, as the chief prosecutor
there for the Justice Department, knows all about this but is sitting on
his hands. That office has a long, rotten history of unreported corruption
and being politicized.
Note: after the widespread posting of our exclusive stories
on Illinois Governor George H. Ryan's reported profound corruption, and
never denied, he decided to go on a statewide tour to put a supposed positive
spin on his tattered reputation. This was to persuade those in Illinois,
in so many words, to paraphrase Nixon, "The people of Illinois have
to know whether their Governor is a crook. And I am not a crook!"
** UPDATE **
UPDATE to "BILLION DOLLARS IN REPORTED BRIBES TO APPARENTLY EFFECT
On his speaking tour, Illinois Governor George H. Ryan was at a
public forum in far downstate Carbondale, Illinois, to purportedly
convince people he is not a crook. Afterwards, one spectator evidently
did not accept the Governor's explanations. She threw a purported cream
pie directly in his face. (As reported on WSIL-TV which showed the
happening on video.) A closer look reportedly shows the "pie" contained
human waste. To put it crudely, Governor "Honest George" Ryan got hit in
the kisser with a s--t pie. Stay tuned.
Since 1958, Mr.Skolnick has been a court reformer. Since 1963,
founder/chairman, Citizen's Committee to Clean Up the Courts, disclosing
certain instances of judicial and other bribery and political murders.
Since 1991 a regular panelist, and since 1995, moderator/producer, of
one-hour,weekly public access Cable TV Show, "Broadsides", Cablecast on
Channel 21, 9 p.m. each Monday in Chicago. For a heavy packet of printed
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