Rolling eyes and sighing. Former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich’s new trial begins today. The same defendant, the same courthouse, the same judge, even the same ridiculous hair.
AP photo at interview at the Chicago home of Blagojevich.
It seems totally appropriate that I should be writing this post today, Wednesday, which we in the blogging family officially declared rant day several years ago. Of course my local paper, the Peoria Journal Star, is filled with many articles about this today, including an interview with the lone holdout juror in his trial last year. The charges have been trimmed down from 24 to 20 and one defendant, his brother, is not being charged again. Some of you may never have heard of Blagojevich, although if you live in the United States of America you would have to be totally out of it not to know who this man is. In fact, I do believe he is known world wide for his shenanigans. He along with George Ryan and a couple of other disgraced Illinois governors has brought Illinois to its largest debt in history. In other words, we are broke.
There are two topics I rarely touch on in my blog, and that is politics and religion. I do take both of these topics very seriously though. I have a deep abiding faith and I follow politics very closely, but these are personal to me. However, when the welfare of my state is involved I will speak out. Our federal government will be paying for the prosecuting attorneys so that means all of us. The state of Illinois will be paying for the defendant’s attorneys which means me and the others citizens of Illinois.
Well, now I have said my piece so I will wait and see what happens with this trial. It really is a good thing for Blago that the trial is being held in Chicago. Chicagoans are more forgiving of their politicians than we are downstate.
And that is my Wednesday rant.
You all stay safe and be happy!!