Heartland Events

Sen. Roger A. Keats: 'Chicago Confidential'

The Heartland Institute
One South Wacker Drive Suite 2740
Chicago, Illinois 60606
June 12, 2013, 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Chicago Confidential is the fascinating story of the real Chicago political world that spawned President Obama and Rahm Emanuel. America's most corrupt city. The murder capital of America where 19 people get shot on a single summer evening. The city with the most jailed politicians in America. The vote fraud capital of America. Illinois has two former governors in jail, right now! Chicago's population has shrunk by 1,000,000 residents! This is the real story about what is happening away from the impressive glitz.

The Chicago political organization is filled with hangers on, nepotism, blatant corruption, vote fraud, corrupt justice, bribes, fixes and hear no evil, see no evil and speak no evil prosecutors. You can not make this stuff up any better. In Chicago, truth is stranger than fiction. Enough background: A reviewer described the book as "Forrest Gump meets the crooked Chicago political machine." This is a "true novel," which means it isn't really fiction. All we did was change the names to protect the guilty. 

This is the real story of life in Chicago outside the spectacular downtown. Chicago Police Detective Ross "Sunny" SunWarrior (a Comanche orphaned at a young age), a Special Forces veteran of Afghanistan with a unique and checkered past teams with his partners Vlad Kozak and Harold Brookins to battle a gang war being subsidized and pushed to ever higher levels of violence by a Mexican drug cartel (this is actually happening right now as you read the story). As the battle continues they are immersed in obscene levels of real political corruption. It becomes ever more obvious the gangs are tied into the Chicago political establishment who are none too pleased to have Detective SunWarrior mucking around in the hidden, soft underbelly of their political power.

The investigation approaches a deadly end at the intersection where Chicago street gangs, the Chicago political establishment, political correctness, political corruption and Operation Fast & Furious' deadly weapons converge at the same time. Sunny learns far more than he ever wanted to know about Chicago's political machine leaders and their chairman when he cooperates with a politically savvy gang leader to undermine the other gangs, lower the level of violence and frustrate the drug cartel. This is a real world story about how the other 2 million folks in Chicago live: Separated from the glitz, the Maginficent Mile, the beautiful lake front, the legendary restaurants and the world famous skyscrapers. This is Carl Sandburg's city of Big Shoulders with the real political warts.

 This is not a novel as you think of them. This is real. In Chicago, truth is stranger than fiction.

About the Author

Former Illinois State Sen. Roger A. Keats served in three different decades in America's most corrupt city and state. He served with two governors, 15 fellow legislators, 100+ judges and court personnel, and countless government employees who ended up in jail. He has acted as a "mole" to catch corrupt state employees. No one knows Illinois' corrupt politics and politicians any better.

After almost 40 years of fighting corruption in Illinois, Roger and his wife retired to the Hill Country of Texas where he continues to fight with Chicago Confidential.

Sen. Keats wrote a scathing letter to the people of Illinois upon his departure in 2011, published at the Illnois Review website titled "Good Bye and Good Luck." Enjoy what has become a Chicago-area Internet sensation, and register for the event below:

As we leave Illinois for good, I wanted to say goodbye to my friends and wish all of you well.  I am a lifelong son of the heartland and proud of it.  After 60 years, I leave Illinois with a heavy heart.  BUT enough is enough!  The leaders of Illinois refuse to see we can’t continue going in the direction we are and expect people who have options to stay here.  I remember when Illinois had 25 congressmen.  In 2012 we will have 18.  Compared to the rest of the country we have lost 1/4rd of our population.  Don’t blame the weather, because I love 4 seasons.

Illinois just sold still more bonds and our credit rating is so bad we pay higher interest rates than junk bonds! Junk Bonds!  Illinois is ranked 50th for fiscal policy; 47th in job creation; 1st in unfunded pension liabilities; 2nd largest budget deficit; 1st in failing schools; 1st in bonded indebtedness; highest sales tax in the nation; most judges indicted (Operations Greylord and Gambat); and 5 of our last 9 elected governors have been indicted.  That is more than the other 49 states added together!  Then add 32 Chicago Aldermen and (according to the Chicago Tribune) over 1000 state and municipal employees indicted.  The corruption tax is a real cost of doing business.  We are the butt of jokes for stand up comics.

We live in the most corrupt big city, in the most corrupt big county in the most corrupt state in America.  I am sick and tired of subsidizing crooks.  A day rarely passes without an article about the corruption and incompetence.  Chicago even got caught rigging the tests to hire police and fire!  Our Crook County CORPORATE property tax system is intentionally corrupt.  The Democrat State Chairman who is also the Speaker of the Illinois House and the most senior alderman in Chicago each make well over a million dollars a year putting the fix in for their client’s tax assessments.

We are moving to Texas where there is no income tax while Illinois’ just went up 67%.  Texas’ sales tax is ½ of ours, which is the highest in the nation.  Southern states are supportive of job producers, tax payers and folks who offer opportunities to their residents.  Illinois shakes them down for every penny that can be extorted from them.

In The Hill Country of Texas (near Austin and San Antonio) we bought a gracious home on almost 2 acres with a swimming pool.  It is new, will cost us around 40% of what our home in Wilmette just sold for and the property taxes are 1/3rd of what they are here.  Crook County’s property tax system is a disaster: Wilmette homes near ours sell for 50% more and their property taxes are ½ of ours.  Our assessed home value was 50% higher than the sales price.  The system is unfair and incompetent.

Our home value is down 40%, our property taxes are up 20% and our local schools have still another referendum on the ballot to increase taxes over 20% in one year.  I could go on, but enough is enough.  I feel as if we are standing on the deck of the Titanic and I can see the icebergs right in front of us.  I will miss our friends a great deal.  I have called Illinois home for essentially my entire life.  But it is time to go where there is honest, competent and cost effective government.  We have chosen to vote with our feet and our wallets.  My best to all of you and Good luck!

Watch Keats' event at The Heartland Institute below: