Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan thinks I put bad ideas into people's heads.
"It sounds to me like you've been reading too much John Kass," she told reporters, rather curtly, on Wednesday.
Well, if Lisa Madigan doesn't like my ideas, let me pass her another.
This one involves an April 10 letter sent by a Regional Transportation Authority official to the Illinois General Assembly controlled by her father, Boss Madigan.
In the letter — and I have a copy — the RTA official lobbied for more transportation funds from lawmakers. But the last part caught my eye: "Issue No. 3 Reduction in the Appropriation to the Office of the Executive Inspector General."
In this section, the RTA official complained that too much state money had been set aside to investigate some 15,000 transportation workers. What the letter didn't say is that for decades, transportation has been considered a bastion of clouted contracts, patronage and sporadic mopery.
The RTA official said the proposed 2014 budget appropriated $41 per worker for investigations by the state inspector general in all other agencies, but earmarked $107 per worker employed by RTA, CTA, Pace and Metra.
This, the RTA official argued, was unfair, and he asked lawmakers to cut the $107-per-employee figure so the RTA could use the savings on other transportation issues.
The good government way of looking at it is that the RTA is trying to make better use of state money by spending more on legitimate transportation needs and less on investigations.
But the Chicago Way of looking at it is: Can we please cut the investigative budget so the chumbolones don't become upset by pesky inspectors going over patronage and contracts?
Remember, this was going on just before the Metra scandal began to unravel, with ousted CEO Alex Clifford complaining that he was under intense political pressure to make deals.
The April 10 letter was signed by RTA Executive Director Joseph Costello. But my favorite part was the last paragraph, inviting legislators to call a special RTA player.
"If you would like to discuss the RTA's concerns further, I am available or feel free to contact Jordan Matyas, the RTA Chief of Staff at (312) 968-9600."
Jordan Matyas, as loyal readers including Lisa Madigan know by now, is her brother-in-law. And he's Boss Madigan's son-in-law.
Now, I know some of you are harboring evil thoughts about this. But me? I always look on the sunny side of things when contracts, patronage and millions of taxpayer dollars are at stake.
It's the kind of issue you'd expect Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, the top law enforcement official in the state and the people's champion, to sink her teeth into.
But she can't sink her teeth into it because of the family connection, and what makes it worse is that Boss Madigan is at the center of the Metra hush-money scandal.
While Clifford was speaking before the RTA board on Wednesday, my loyal reader Lisa Madigan was facing reporters, determined not to answer their questions.
She was asked about her terrible Logic Deficit Disorder, something I'd written about that morning. That malady stems from her public assertion that she shouldn't be governor while her father is speaker.