Todays Sun-Times exclusive story has state Attorney General Lisa Madigan, the impeccable pro-abort chief legal officer, forcing alleged not convicted gas gougers to give to the Red Cross or she will institute other options including the filing of a lawsuit smacks of the insuperable arrogance long been associated with her. A towering ego, prompted by several years of laudatory media coverage and the protection by her powerful step-father against the harsh winds of controversy, has led to this little-girl-like tantrum. She stamps her tiny foot and big operators cringe. The alleged offenders are 18 gas station owners across Illinois who raised their prices sharply after Hurricane Katrina. Understand, the gas station owners are not convicted, merely suspected. Madigan demands they fork over $1,000 apiece to the Red Cross. Why the Red Cross? Because that agency was the recipient of funds in 2001 from a price-gouging case won by Madigans predecessor, Jim Ryan. I dont care if Jim Ryan did it or notthe idea of a politician picking a charity and forcing people to contribute and this before any conviction is repugnant. She has no power, as a court would, to force contributions but only the threat of a future lawsuit. Sounds the height of arrogance to me.
Incidentally, the head of the Red Cross just stepped down under pressure because of supposed slowness in responding to Katrina.