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Friday, January 30, 2009

Bye Rod. It's been fun. We'll miss ya'

Yes, Marcie and had a moment of silence yesterday when it was announced that Rod Blagojevich, the fortieth governor of Illinois, was convicted and removed by the Illinois Senate becoming the first governor in Illinois history to ever be impeached:

Rod R. Blagojevich at 4:51 p.m. Thursday became the first governor in Illinois' 190-year history to be driven from office by impeachment.

Senators voted 59-0 to dump Blagojevich, who was arrested Dec. 9 on federal corruption charges. And minutes later, they voted 59-0 to bar him from ever holding elected office in Illinois again.

Later, outside his Northwest Side home, Blagojevich said, "I predicted it. The fix was in from the very beginning."

At 5:40 p.m., Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn placed his hand on a family Bible held by 25-year-old son Patrick, took the oath of office from Supreme Court Justice Anne Burke and broke into a broad grin as spectators in the House rose to their feet and cheered the arrival of a new era.

"I want to say to the people of Illinois, the ordeal is over," said Quinn, who became the state's 41st governor.

Quinn wouldn't say whom he would retain from Blagojevich's Cabinet or how he plans to fill a budget hole that could reach $5 billion.

"We want to make this year a year of reform in Illinois," he proclaimed.

Reform? In Illinois? That's a laugh. Sure there'll be reform in Illinois. And for Governor Quinn's next trick, pigs will fly around Mayor Daley's home. Let's be clear here -- I grew up in Illinois. It's virtually the most corrupt state in the country. "Reform" isn't in anyone's vocabulary in Illinois.

What's most interesting about this whole circus is that he was impeached without a criminal trial to prove his guilt. We're not saying that he's clean. Of course not. Blagojevich is as dirty as they come. The whole sob story about not doing anything wrong was BS from the get-go. Readers will likely send the e-mails off for us defending him, but the simple fact of the matter remains that we have no master above God and the law.

He hasn't been convicted, and the Senate used some of the taps to reach their decision. So while it's almost a certainty that he's going to be convicted of the crimes he's been accused of. At this point it's a matter of who can he roll over on to shrink the jail time he's going to face. Will Fitzgerald get him to roll on Daley? Who knows, but it's almost a guarantee that he's probably going to take down a couple other figures along with him.

Publius II


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