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  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Land of Lincoln Pr Inc (May 8, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615281036
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615281032
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 7.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #514,271 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Instead they are still practicing the same type of corruption TODAY!
Sam Donaldson
What a shame Mr. Callahan and his family had to endure what he did just so the truth could be told.
Rose Bybee
After starting to read the book it became very difficult to put down to do other things.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By J. Brooks on May 28, 2009
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I'm glad Mr. Callahan had the guts to write this GREAT book. I grew up in Paris and know first hand 'who' owns the town...we all do. It's sad that the 'in fighting' and 'back stabbing' of the ISP kept Herbie in prison all those years when he should have been out when Steidl was released. It's sad that my home town is so corrupt and that these 2 men were so disliked to have been framed for these murders and lost the best years of their lives!!! I hope those who had a hand in this travesty of justice are real proud. A MUST READ!!!! A+++++++++++
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth R. Gano on May 31, 2009
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A very well written book (despite a handful of typographical errors) and very overdue. It was a realistic look at the justice system in Illinois and very readable. It was one of those "can't put it down" books.

Michale Callahan was very courageous to write this and he should be applauded.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Sam Donaldson on August 10, 2009
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The corruption found throughout this book also applies to many other counties in downstate Illinois. In Coles county we had Paul Komada running for SA in 08. We also still have Ron Tulin handling criminal cases. Jack Eckerty still lives within Coles county. Charlie McGrew is Sheriff of Douglas county. Not one of these people have ever been reprimanded for their roles in the Edgar county injustice. Instead they are still practicing the same type of corruption TODAY! A close knit group of corruption still exists. Coles county SA Steve Ferguson had an assistant SA stealing drugs from evidence locker, and this was hidden from the public for over 2 years, and even when it did become public, nothing was done! Houseboats for all corrupt officials!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Rose Bybee on May 28, 2009
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This is one of those books that is very hard to put down. I lived in Paris for many years and some of those were in the house. A lot of things were brought to light and it was about time! I plan on reading this book again, because I am sure that there are things that will be come clearer the second time around. What a shame Mr. Callahan and his family had to endure what he did just so the truth could be told. Too bad he couldn't get anyone to listen and act.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By John Bercaw on August 9, 2009
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I left Paris, Illinois in 1960, when it was a sleepy little farming town. What the hell happened? "Too Politically Sensitive" illuminates the cesspool of Illinois politics and the very sorry state of corruption and lawlessness that apparently overwhelmed Paris. As I read through the book, I shocked and then shocked again at the level and the brazenness of the cover ups, the corruption, the greed and the complete disregard for the citizens of Illinois. It is seldom that I find a book of this nature to be in the can't-put-it-down category, but "Too Politically Sensitive" reads like a thriller.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Betty Carlson on April 30, 2010
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Since I was raised in the town, Paris, Ill., and occasionally go back there, the book was interesting to me. I spoke to a friend who still lives there and she was incensed that someone would write such a book and name so many names. I think she doesn't realize that this is all a matter of public record. She would not even discuss it. Her daughter who lives near Paris had bought the book and my friend read 5 pages. My friend would not discuss it any further as it makes her so mad. She thinks the 2 men were guilty!!! Wonder if she sat on the jury. She refused to discuss it other than what I just said as it makes her very angry. My take on it was it was the authors experience and an expose of corrupt people thoughout the system. I had seen the airing of the investigation on TV a few years back and before that I had not heard of the murders. I felt all in all this was an excellent book and I hope the author has found peace in his life. Some of the information was repetative but he had to make it clear all of the barriers he encountered...I had not heard of this book but my cousin who lives in Indianapolis got it from another cousin from Paris.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By ed hammer on November 30, 2010
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Lt. Callahan describes in details the hard work of an honest cop and how Illinois politics negatively impacted law enforcement, especially the Illinois State Police. Callahan depicts how he did nothing more than live up to his oath and did his job, but was ignored and harassed by the cowards in his chain of command who gained and maintained their ranks through politics. "Too Politically Sensitive," makes and excellent companion to my book, "One Hundred Percent Guilty, How and Insider Links the Death of Six Children to the Politics of Illinois Convicted Governor George Ryan" also available on amazon.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By mariwinn on April 16, 2010
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by Jack L. Kennedy (as published in The Joplin Independent)

Perhaps, the televised so-called reality shows have us a bit jaded when it comes to determining what is truth and what is fiction. It is often difficult to tell which "tribes" are good guys and which are bad guys.

If you are in law enforcement in Illinois, that is still true, as Too Politically Sensitive by long-time Illinois State Patrolman Michale Callahan (Land of Lincoln Press) tells us time and time again.

When a young couple is murdered in a small town near Chicago with the ironically misfitting name of "Paris," two barflies are too quickly incarcerated for the crime. Over a decade later, Callahan is assigned to review the case, and eventually seek a new trial. Sounds like a happy ending, right? Justice is done. This might be true, except the person on trial and attempting to have his freedom of speech and civil rights restored is Callahan, not some miscreant from the deep recesses of the case.

The deaths of newlyweds Dyke and Karen Rhodes, tragic as it was, almost becomes a secondary plot to the evil, corruption, and ignoring of testimony that did not fit preconceived notions and the meddling of later-discredited prominent names in government like Gov. George Ryan and some of his cronies. (In April 2006 a federal jury in Chicago convicted Ryan of racketeering conspiracy, mail fraud, tax fraud and making false statements...and then along came Gov. Rod Blagojevich.)

Toward the end of this compelling volume, after just enough dialog and color to make it come alive, Callahan says "There are still days that the injustices anger me...because of the hypocrisy, deceit and cover up, and for destroying my faith once again in something I used to believe in.
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