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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: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #397,119 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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The information in the book is shocking - especially since I grew up in Paris in the 1950's and early 1960's and the sleepy little town appeared to be wholesome and innocent. That all changed when a certain business man moved to town and began spinning his incidious web of control, corruption, coverup and carnage. I read the book in two days - I couldn't believe the web of intrigue that the author laid out at the local and state level.

The circumstances of the book point to a massive cover-up of the killers of a young married couple just starting a life together in Paris. What caused the local police, sheriff's office and county prosecuter to falisify, lie and frame two innocent men that would spend over 20-years each in prison? Who actually murdered the young couple? Why did the Illinois State Police decide to muzzle a belated investigation more than a dozen years after the murders? All of these situations appears to be the result of greed, power, politics and corruption at levels and institutions that are supposed to fight against such actions.

Is the Paris business man who has been seen with large sums of cash and who owns a significant amount of the prime land and business in the CBD of Paris innocent of complicity in the double murders? Is he too clever for the local, state and federal authorities to determine his source of revenue? How can a business make $4M in profit yet only pay $150k in sales tax? Will the local community leaders take control of the community from the motorcycle gang and drug dealing that has lead to several unsolved crimes? Will Paris ever recoup from all of this negative publicity?

These, and many more questions are raised in the book.
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