I have grown up in Chicago and know first hand of the corruption and ineptitude of Chicago/Illinois politics. Now the arrest of Rod B. just confirms the systemic breakdown of morals. Apparently, Blogojevich conspired to sell President Elect Barack Obama's open Senate seat.
CHICAGO – Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich was arrested on Tuesday on charges that he brazenly conspired to sell or trade the U.S. Senate seat left vacant by President-elect Barack Obama to the highest bidder. Blagojevich also was charged with illegally threatening to withhold state assistance to Tribune Co., the owner of the Chicago Tribune, in the sale of Wrigley Field, according to a federal criminal complaint. In return for state assistance, Blagojevich allegedly wanted members of the paper's editorial board who had been critical of him fired. A 76-page FBI affidavit said the 51-year-old Democratic governor was intercepted on court-authorized wiretaps over the last month conspiring to sell or trade the vacant Senate seat for personal benefits for himself and his wife, Patti.SOURCE
Blagojevich, a democrat, is just another victim of the corruptible power of the Illinois state governorship. His predecessor, Governor George Ryan currently sits in Federal Correctional Institution (FCI) at Terre Haute, Indiana.SOURCE
The highlight of Ryan's governorship is the moratorium on executions he instated in 2000 after evidence surfaced that many men, mostly African American, were being killed and later proven innocent through DNA evidence. It ended in scandal.
Ironically, it was Ryan's conviction that hurt the Republican Party's brand that led to Blagojevich's election and possibly Barack Obama's as senator.
The 76-page affidavit does not show that Barack Obama had anything to do with or had any knowledge of Blagojevich's antics.