One right after the next,
The latest, Former Kenosha County Executive Allan Kehl will be pleading guilty to federal charges.
Because Allan Kehl was an elected official at the time that he received the illegal finances, I am more than a little curious whether he will receive prison time. My guess is that he will. The federal government does not take lighting the idea of money exchanging hands.
Allan Kehl was the fourth person to plead guilty in this casino deal.
Still, the rumor mill is running rampant as to who is next. I am fully confident that more of
Even as the rumor mill abounds, this whole mess is heart wrenching for your average
These are people we all know.
We see them at church festivals, we see them at little league baseball games, we see them at the grocery store, and we see them at charity fundraisers.
The people wrapped up in this casino mess are the most elite and longstanding names in
These same people have run
For those who do not know, an inner circle has run
Have you ever noticed that even though
For example, State Senator Bob Wirch was a former state representative.
Therefore, the job titles change, but rarely do the last names change.
This, of course, does not mean that every person deciding to make a change and run for a different office is necessarily doing anything wrong. It just means that if you make it into the inner circle, you most definitely have a leg up on your competition.
This is why last week’s election is so stunning.
Last week a whole gaggle of new names ran for office, especially for those running for alderman. Many of the names that folks have seen on the ballot for 10-20+ years either left or were voted out. Eight new faces start next week; this is almost half of the city council. In addition, we have a new mayor after 16 years.
Interestingly enough, even with all of this going on, some in
Casino spokesman Evan Zeppos noted that officials of the Bureau of Indian Affairs have stated the legal matters would not weigh into their continuing review of the proposal, as long as the individuals implicated were no longer involved with the casino.
The problem is- we do not know if all those involved with the casino’s underhanded dealings are still involved with the casino project!
How many more
Tuesday's plea agreement notes that the payments from Troha to Kehl were intended, at least in part, to reward Kehl for his performance as county executive, as it related to Troha's efforts to develop a tribal casino in Kenosha.
There was a ton of support from
Listed as top contributors to Senator Bob Wirch as of 2004, when the casino referendum was on the ballot, was the Troha Family, John Erickson and 4 other
Here is the link
Also listed as the top contributors to State Representative Jim Kreuser as of 2004 was a couple more
Here is the link
Clearly, there is a pattern here. A pattern that many in
How deep into
Our reputation as decent hardworking people has been severely damaged by the indictments and convictions of our most prominent citizens and now elected officials.
Worse yet, we have been lead to believe that there are more indictments to come.
We are in a position right now of not knowing whom to trust.
This casino project has dictated the direction
When do we begin to clear out all of the politicians that have so badly damaged our reputation?
The federal government needs to step it up and do what they are going to do.
It is time for
We have to be able to clean house and start all over again and do this the right way. We cannot do that while the threat of more indictments is hanging over our heads.