News that comes as a surprise to no one: An investigation by Illinois’ legislative watchdog has found that House Speaker Michael Madigan did not violate the state’s ethics act when he pressured Metra officials to give one of his Democratic foot soldiers a raise.

It’s not because the speaker didn’t intervene on behalf of Patrick Ward, who has donated generously to the campaigns of both Madigan and his daughter, Attorney General Lisa Madigan. And it’s not because there’s nothing wrong with that, either.

It’s because the state ethics act is a disgraceful fraud, designed to provide cover for politicians’ corrupt behavior, not to prevent it. But you knew that.

via Chicago Tribune – That patronage scandal at Metra? There was nothing to it. Move along..