Monday, March 21, 2005

fire marshal does real inspection of race track

Should I be giving Blagojevich credit for reforming the practice of state inspectors going easy on racetrack and casino owners that give generously to the governor?

Sun-Times (David McKinney):
Balmoral Park Race Track has been slapped with more than 300 state fire-code violations after going years without being cited once by the state fire marshal's office, an agency under federal investigation.

Before Gov. Blagojevich's administration, fire marshal brass suggested that inspectors "accommodate" racetracks and casinos "any way you can" because they have been generous campaign donors to a long line of governors, veteran fire marshal sources said.


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