In Illinois, no one should be surprised that state Sen. James Clayborne, D-Belleville, used his clout to get a personal friend appointed to the high-paying Prisoner Review Board.
Insider appointments happen routinely in our state.
Gov. Pat Quinn initially wanted to give this job to a former Democratic representative who voted to raise state income taxes. When that became too controversial, Quinn instead gave the job to Clayborne's friend Vonetta N. Harris (and the former representative ended up with a different high-paying state job).
Being commonplace of course doesn't make it right.
The Harris appointment would never have passed in the private sector, and not just because of the cronyism. The greater concern is that Harris' ex-husband, Korey L. Rush, was convicted of misspending federal grant money on personal goods while he and Harris were married.
In private business, that conviction would have disqualified Harris from any consideration for a job that involves review of other criminals' cases. But in Springfield, senators confirmed Quinn's pick 49-0.