Item #1: Roland Burris is on tape offering a check to Governor Blago. He says he did nothing wrong because he didn't actually deliver the check.
Item #2: Our "reform" governor Pat Quinn offers to meet with people at dinners -- if they pay $15,000 to meet with him.
Item #3: 17 year cicadas have few natural defenses, but survive and prosper because they overwhelm those who would otherwise eat them -- the birds wander around, satiated and unable to eat another cicada.
This is the Illinois politicians hope -- Patrick Fitzgerald can indict and convict everyone. Most of them will survive.