The GOP Mess In Springfield

Liewis, Richard
August 1956
New Republic;8/13/56, Vol. 135 Issue 7, p14
In this article, the author focuses on the case of defalcations by ex-state Auditor Orville E. Hodge, who is a well-recognized leader of the Illinois Grand Old Party (GOP), now the Republican Party. The Illinois GOP is trying to save itself from foundering on this defalcations by Hodge. Hodge has confessed that he stole $650,000 from the people of the stale of Illinois by cashing phony state checks at the Southmoor Bank & Trust Co. of Chicago. In addition, federal indictments charge him with looting a $350,000 unclaimed property trust fund committed to his care as State Auditor. An additional $250,000 in state checks which appear to have been cashed irregularly have been found by state and federal investigators. As tabulated so far, Hodge case has become the biggest public scandal in the state's history in terms of dollars, and the worst blow the Illinois Republican Party has ever suffered before an election.


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