Finally!

Finally some blog-worthy news! Tuned into the Internet this morning just in time to find out that my least-favorite governor, Rod Blagojevich, had been arrested on corruption charges just minutes before.

Note to the Feds: where the hell have you been?

Actually to their credit, the Feds have been investigating Blags for years. It’s just that until now, all the indictments that fly around like snowflakes in Illinois have either missed him entirely or melted when they hit too close. Must have been all that hot air. This time it seems to be different — but the way things go in this state, we’ll all have to sit back and watch for at least the next 2 years before we find out.

Meantime the state Republicans — and probably those in the federal government as well, since Obama’s name has come up in this matter, however tangentially — will be chortling, ignoring the fact that one of their own, the predecessor of Blags as governor of Illinois, is currently cooling his aged jets in the penitentiary. He was convicted on corruption charges just a few years ago.

Anyway, my only hope is that Blags does the honorable thing and leaves Illinois with an exceptional Christmas present — his resignation. But I am hoping for a miracle. The man hasn’t done an honorable thing in memory. For that matter, neither has the Illinois legislature, which is our only other hope of getting rid of Blags any time soon. (Unfortunately, the Illinois constitution does not allow for recalls, and a referendum for a constitutional convention, part of the point of which was apparently to address the subject of recalls, was defeated in the November election.)

In thinking of the legislature, it comes to mind that one suburban mayor in Illinois, Nicholas Blase of Niles, recently pleaded guilty and resigned from his office of 47 years, having been arrested by the FBI a few years ago on an insurance-fraud scheme. From the time he was charged to the time he pleaded guilty (about 2 years), the subject of removal from office never came up. The rumor is that the town’s powers-that-be were too afraid that if they made efforts to get rid of Blase, he’d expose them. So they were, and are, quiet — and will remain so, because apparently some offices of the town’s government are still under investigation.

So it’s going to be a while before anything actually happens in either case. Stay tuned…

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