Mike Ditka: Untarnished iron

The people of Illinois have a knack for electing criminals to public office.

Since 1972, some 79 elected officials have been convicted of corruption in the Land of Lincoln, including 27 aldermen, 19 judges, 15 state legislators, three governors, two congressmen and one mayor. Those are some pretty ugly statistics.

Enter Mike Ditka. His achievements on the football field as player and coach include five Super Bowl wins and titles like NFL Coach of the Year and Pro Football Hall of Famer. A five-time Pro-Bowler and two-time first-team All-Pro, Ditka brings some statistics you can really flaunt.

When will the good people of Illinois realize that the only politician they can trust isn't a politician at all?