Top Stories of 2005
The Quad City Times is running an online poll asking readers what they think was the top story of 2005 from among a list of 15.
Want to make a choice? Go here.
In a similar (well, identical) vein, what do you think was the most important or biggest story covered here on The Inside Dope since it's launch in mid February?
Some possibilities are:
-- Boland running, not running, running, not running, maybe running, not running, maybe running, maybe not, not running for trasurer/state senator, and the ripple effects on those eyeing his seat.
-- House speaker Mike Madigan coming to town to sit all Dem candidates down and issue an edict telling them who was going to do what, and essentially commanding that they all stay put, make nice, and make sure they win.
-- Senator Mike Jacobs. His frenetic effort to inject himself into every possible story or public event. The hundreds of bizzare comments here and on other blogs from either the senator himself or someone amazingly like him (and IF it wasn't, not a peep from Sen. Jacobs to disavow any of it.) His several unfortunate comments in the press, from his "Rosa Parks" moment to callously suggesting that property owners in the Barstow area should have expected a huge and noxious business to locate near them. And his proposal to fight Asian Carp by giving nearly a million dollars to a business in his district.
-- Essentially unknown Paul Rumler emerging to challenge Jacobs.
-- The Triumph hog slaughtering mega-plant proposal. The secrecy and lies by East Moline Mayor John Thodos and often conflicting public statements by both Thodos and Jacobs regarding the project.
Their keeping the entire plan secret for almost a year, the blatant attempt to box out opposition by rushing through approval after finally springing it on the public.
How the entire process highlighted in a stark way how politicians and business interests make decisions to spend millions of taxpayer dollars to benefit these same business interests behind the backs of the very people who's money they're taking.
And how blatantly these same politicians were active and willing participants in the effort to side-step caution, research, and public scrutiny, and rush the process, showing clearly that they put the interests of large companies and big money ahead of the people they represent. And though they supported the plant from the beginning, they've been unable to show any evidence at all that they'd done any research or investigation into the many serious issues involved.
-- any other issue, event, or story you feel was the "Story of the Year".
What's your pick for "Story of the Year"?