A report in Sunday's Sun revealed how several elected DuPage County officials have accepted campaign donations from Aramark, a company that has provided food service to the jail for years. Aramark is trying to keep the jail food contract, but has repeatedly failed to meet bid requirements. Yet county officials are giving Aramark chance after chance after chance to get the contract by changing the bid rules, saying it would save taxpayers money if Aramark gets the contract. Do you see anything wrong with this?
As an editorial in Tuesday's Sun explains, there's no indication of quid pro quo, that Aramark is getting something in return for cash it's donated to county board members, the sheriff and the state's attorney. But as the editorial says, good government not only steers clear of impropriety, it avoids the appearance of impropriety.
Is this jail food contract merely one small local example of what's wrong with Springfield and Washington, when contractors and vendors and lobbyists and special interests pour money into campaign funds, then their names show up as those doing business with the local, state or federal government? Does this seem wrong to you? Or do you accept that this is just the way things get done? It's a free country, right? If a vendor wants to donate to a particular candidate or cause, who are we to tell them they can't?
How do you see it?