Well, it does start with ‘ill’ and ends with ‘annoy’…..

From the Wall Street Journal:

CHICAGO — At a press conference here Tuesday announcing federal corruption charges against Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, FBI Special Agent Robert Grant said that “if [Illinois] isn’t the most corrupt state in the United States, it is one hell of a competitor.”

The arrest of Gov. Blagojevich is one more chapter in a long, bipartisan history of corruption that has seen roughly 20% — one in five — of the state’s chief executives indicted or convicted of felonies in the past century.

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Note to Blago: When you know that you are under investigation, don’t be flappin’ your lips over the phone about selling Senate seats, ya moron!

Mr. Blagojevich was taken into custody by agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation at his home on Chicago’s North Side early Tuesday morning. The Democrat is charged with, among other things, conspiring to sell the U.S. Senate seat recently vacated by President-elect Barack Obama.

Should Mr. Blagojevich end up in prison, he will join predecessors including the following:

* Republican George Ryan, who is currently serving a 6 1/2-year stretch in federal prison for racketeering and fraud.


* Otto Kerner, a Democrat who was convicted in 1973 on 17 counts of bribery, conspiracy, perjury and other charges before being sentenced to three years in the pen.


* Dan Walker [the last Democratic governor of the state before Mr. Blagojevich] was convicted in 1987 — years after leaving office — of bank fraud.


* Lennington Small, a Republican, served from 1921 to 1929. He was indicted while in office for embezzlement related to actions taken when he was state treasurer. He was later acquitted; several of the jurors in the case ended up with state jobs.

Also, in one infamous case further down the chain, a former speaker of the state’s House of Representatives and secretary of state, Paul Powell, was found after his death in 1970 to have had several million dollars in embezzled cash stashed in shoe boxes.

Mr. Powell, according to a Time magazine article at the time, had his own definition of success, believing that “there’s only one thing worse than a defeated politician, and that’s a broke one.”

(CNN) — Democratic Gov. Rod Blagojevich and his chief of staff, John Harris, face corruption charges in a scandal that encompassed the Chicago Cubs, President-elect Barack Obama’s vacated Senate seat and a children’s hospital, according to an affidavit.

The men were each charged with a count of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and a count of solicitation of bribery, authorities said.

According to the affidavit outlining some of the charges against the Blagojevich and Harris, here are some of the details that led authorities to charge the officials:

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Blagojevich said in phone conversation that he is conspiring to trade the Senate seat left vacant by President-elect Barack Obama in exchange for positions that Obama has the power to appoint, namely the secretary of health and human services post.


“Blagojevich has also been intercepted conspiring to sell the Senate seat in exchange for his wife’s placement on paid corporate boards or Rod Blagojevich’s placement at a private foundation in a significant position with a substantial salary,” the affidavit says.


Blagojevich and Harris threatened to withhold financial assistance from the [Chicago] Tribune Co. unless the company fired certain editorial board members who had been critical of Blagojevich and had called for the governor’s impeachment.

The money was related to the sale or financing of Wrigley Field, home stadium of the Chicago Cubs, a team owned by the Tribune Co.


On October 8, Blagojevich told a person described only as “Individual A” that he was willing to make $8 million available for Children’s Memorial Hospital, but “I want to get [Hospital Executive 1] for 50.”

Individual A felt that Blagojevich was talking about a $50,000 campaign contribution from the hospital’s chief executive officer and that the $8 million referred to a recent commitment by Blagojevich to secure state funds via “some type of pediatric care reimbursement.”


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15 responses to “Well, it does start with ‘ill’ and ends with ‘annoy’…..

  1. Friend of the court

    Looks like stupid and crooked are nonpartisan.

  2. fotc,
    i wonder if it is arrogance or impatience. these morons are on easy street when they leave office. they get cushy jobs where they don’t even have to show up. they get paid just for being on the letterhead. however, they either have high opinions of their worth or they just can’t seem to wait to line their pockets. they are all arrogant enough to believe they won’t get caught.

  3. Friend of the court

    There is, no longer, any connection between public service and the government. It’s all about power and making it pay. Believe it or not, I used to be cynical. Now, I’m just realistic.

  4. jeb

    Oh the stupidity!

    You know, I actually admired Ryan as a politician who did the right thing by admiting that the Illinois death penalty could not be administered fairly and commuting all of the death sentences to life in prison. At that point, he lost all support he had from the “pro-life” Rethug party.

  5. fotc,
    i think that 98% of the people who are not already stinking rich who go into politics do so to secure their own futures. it has nothing to do with public service. the only ones they want serviced are themselves.

  6. jeb,
    that’s the most frustrating thing–these morons can actually do some good once in a while, and they fritter it away because of their greed and arrogance.

  7. nightowl724

    Very funny title and poster, nonnie!

    It’s not about public service. It’s about public servants, as in what we are to these jerks!

  8. On behalf of the governments of Texas and Louisiana, thank you Illinois for making us look a lot cleaner.
    I love how Rachel Maddow last night did a riff on how many politicians have been quoted saying Blogo is mentally ill.
    I think he’d have to get a lot more recovery to rise to the level of bipolar.

  9. nightowl,
    i may be jaded, but i believe that most politicians either start out wondering what they can personally get out of public office or start thinking that after they have been in office a short while. i don’t think many of them go into public service to serve the public. for them, it first come, first served, and they think they got there first.

  10. karen,
    i live in floriduhhh. it’s as though a clean breeze has swept through the state! i’m sure the stink will return very shortly. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  11. I grew up in Springfield, IL. My first memory of politics has to do with a politician’s head found in a cornfield outside the city. But then, this was “The Land of Lincoln,” too. And fifty years later I’m still learning what it is about the finest that attracts the worst-est.
    “Politics and crime… They’re the same thing.”
    โ€”Michael Corleone

  12. hi again, michael! ๐Ÿ™‚
    what a delightful way to get introduced to the world of politics! the good news is that, even headless, most politicians can still function. i guess they have to plant politicians’ heads in order to grow new politicians.

    the godfather is filled with so much wisdom. maybe more people should study the film instead of the bible.

  13. Alfie

    nonnie you gotta know it warms my heart to see you point the magic Raisin mouse at a Dem. Bless you for your fairness and honest applauds to the comment thread contributors. Two thumbs up even if they’re both on my Right hand

  14. hi alfie! ๐Ÿ˜€
    how nice to see you again! scumbags are scumbags, no matter if they have a D or an R after their names. having a D does not protect anyone from being skewered here. stayed tuned. i continue the blagojevich saga tonight. you know how i love a scandal! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  15. Alfie obviously doesn’t know we Democrats will pitchfork our bad seeds in an Illinois minute. It saves us the humiliation of having to support guys like Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Gonzales, Rove, oh hell, I haven’t got time to list them all.