Sunday, January 11, 2009

FOUND ON THE WEB: HOW TO GET A CONTRACT IN ILLINOIS

Three contractors are bidding to fix a broken fence at the Governor's Mansion in Springfield , Illinois ; one from Chicago , another from Tennessee and a third from Kentucky . They all go with the governor to examine the fence. The Tennessee contractor takes out a tape measure and does some measuring, then works some figures with a pencil. "Well", he says, "I figure the job will run about $900: $400 for materials, $400 for my crew and $100 profit for me."

The Kentucky contractor also does some measuring and figuring, then says, 'I can do this job for $700: $300 for materials, $300 for my crew and $100 profit for me.' The Chicago contractor doesn't measure or figure, but leans over to and whispers, '$2,700.' The Governor is incredulous and whispers back, 'You didn't even measure like the other guys. How did you come up with such a high figure?' The Chicago contractor whispers back, '$1000 for me, $1000 for you, and we hire that guy from Kentucky to fix the fence.' 'Done!' And that, my friends, is how it all works in Illinois politics.

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