Rod Blagojevich is now past history in Illinois politics and Pat Quinn has been sworn in as our new Illinois Governor. Quinn is already spreading the political promises thick, he kind of reminds me of Blago in that way. I am glad Blago is gone but the impeachment process felt soiled. What worries me the most about the impeachment process is that many/most of the very same people judging Blago, were probably as dirty as Blago himself. Four out of our last eight Illinois Governors have been indicted. Three have spent time in jail for their transgressions. Former Illinois Governor Ryan is currently setting in prison and it will not surprise me if Blago is soon sitting in a cell along side Ryan. As I think of the situation – I cannot remember a Governor of Illinois in my lifetime that has not had some sort of scandal tied to him either during his time in office or afterwards. And as I have said before, I do not think the most of the scandalous events are tied to just the Illinois Governors office. It cannot be just the Governor. Dirty politics has ruled Illinois for decades. The scandals have been going on too long and involved too many different Governors for the only current bad seed in Illinois politics to be Blago. And when the system has been dirty that long the only way to do business in the system is to roll in the mud with the rest of the swine. Heck we probably would not have seen a Blago impeachment process, except for the Tony Rezko investigation. And that investigation has political connection up and down both major political parties at the State and now the Federal levels. There is no way of knowing just how many politicians that are part of and/or have connections to the Illinois political system that will continue to fall from the domino effect surrounding the Rezko Investigations. Individuals like Blagojevich can only operate if many/most of the legislators around him have their own hands reaching out for some of the power and fortune the Blago deals are creating or if they are just turning a blind eye to what he was up to. And as I applaud the exit of Rod Blagojevich I fear all we did was knock over the chessboard and just shuffle the pieces as we placed them back on the board.
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