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Tuesday, December 9

BLAGO BUSTED! Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich Arrested on Federal Charges

(Photo credits Scott Olson/Getty Images)

“I don’t want no bondsman to post my bail
And I don’t want to spend no 99 years
Stalkin’ your stinkin’ jail…”
-David Bromberg-

Chicago is Full of Crooks
(Renames itself "Crook County")

Breaking News

Chicago – A “truly new low” has hit the Windy City, as Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich
embarked on a "corruption crime spree" and tried to benefit from his ability to appoint President-elect Barack Obama's replacement in the U.S. Senate, federal officials said Tuesday. Blago was arrested earlier today on corruption charges and later released on a whopping $4,500 bond. (I guess they don't think he's going anywhere...)

Plame Game U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald, who succeeded in helping Scooter Libby get his prison number as LWOH reported last year, called it a “sad day for the citizens of Illinois” and alleged that the governor tried to "auction off" the Senate seat "to the highest bidder." Fitz also said the alleged behavior "would make (Abe) Lincoln roll over in his grave."

Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich of Illinois tried to “auction off” president-elect Barack Obama’s newly vacated Illinois Senate seat by “seeking kickbacks” in an attempt to “auction off” Barry’s seat so that he and his wife, Patti, could personally profit.

Fitz accused Blagojevich of "appalling conduct" and alleged that the governor wanted "tangible and up front" cash in return for appointing Obama's successor:

"He wasn't against a corrupt deal, he was against being stiffed in a corrupt deal," and that Blago “put a 'for sale' sign on the naming of a United States senator."

At the rate corruption charges blow through the Windy City, you’d think it had a “Kick Me, Please” sign on the back of City Hall.


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