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Governor Appears Willfully Ignorant on Corruption Issue PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Illinois Politics
Tuesday, 17 October 2006 22:27

As with George Ryan before him, I'm really finding it difficult to believe that Governor Rod Blagojevich is as clueless as he claims.

Blagojevich says he had absolutely no idea that Tony Rezko was up to no good. Rezko is a very close friend of the governor who raised millions of dollars for his campaign, put lots of people into important positions in Blagojevich's administration, and was a business partner with Mrs. Blagojevich for eight years.

Special-Session Bid Reeks of Democratic Desperation PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Illinois Politics
Tuesday, 10 October 2006 22:40

If you were wondering how worried House Speaker Michael Madigan is about election day, last week's special session gambit should have answered your question.

Paper Should Clear Up Check Confusion PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Illinois Politics
Tuesday, 03 October 2006 22:39

Governor Rod Blagojevich and his staff have attempted to muddy the waters on the question of that now-infamous $1,500 check from his friend by seizing on the flip-flopping of the friend's wife, Beverly Ascaridis.

Mrs. Ascaridis, you will recall, got a state job about the same time that her husband, Mike Ascaridis, wrote the governor a check for $1,500. The governor has admitted to directing his chief of staff to find Mrs. Ascaridis a job, but claims that the check was for his daughter Amy's college fund. He has so far refused to provide any supporting documentation that the check was ever deposited into a college fund, however.

Lots of Questions but Few Answers on Federal Investigations PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Illinois Politics
Tuesday, 26 September 2006 22:43

If you think Governor Rod Blagojevich gets bad press now, imagine how harsh the coverage would be if we knew what he was hiding.

For instance, we know from sources that the governor's own office and his various agencies have been served with dozens of federal subpoenas involving countless criminal allegations, but Governor Blagojevich won't even confirm receiving a subpoena. He won't say how many subpoenas he's received. He won't say what the FBI is looking for.

Attorney General Lisa Madigan is supposed to issue a legal opinion on whether the governor has to comply with reporters' Freedom of Information Act requests on the subpoenas. As of this writing, though, her office has been silent.

“College” Gift Could Spell More Trouble for Governor PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Illinois Politics
Tuesday, 19 September 2006 22:37

Okay, by a show of hands, how many of you out there have ever given $1,500 to the college fund of a friend's seven-year-old and then didn't tell your spouse about it?

Yeah, I didn't think so.

In case you haven't heard yet, I'll give you a brief wrap-up of the latest scandal that has befallen Governor Rod Blagojevich.

You may remember that the governor amended his statement of economic interests after he was interviewed by the FBI. One of those amendments included a previously undisclosed gift from Michael Ascaridis, his campaign treasurer during his congressional bids and his first run for statewide office.

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