These running shoes were made for talking

On his first day as a private citizen, now unemployed and with a federal indictment bearing down on him, Rod Blagojevich should stick to his routine, put on his track suit and go for a run. Full Story
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Quick Joey Small

Chicago, IL

#1 Jan 29, 2009
Do you really think this guy is going to do the "smart" thing by now, after all of his other theatrics? I doubt it.
JustAnotherCitiz en

Chicago, IL

#2 Jan 29, 2009
Quinn is part of the machine.

Hold on to your wallets!
tmad

Bloomfield Hills, MI

#3 Jan 29, 2009
One problem with your scenario, JK: accidents happen. An unfortunate incident along the way would trigger sighs of relief not only in Chicago and Crook County, but Springfield and Washington, DC. Rod might want to invest in some clean, private muscle, if he can find it.
Chuck D of Valpo

Valparaiso, IN

#4 Jan 29, 2009
Blago has put himself between a rock and a hard place. Whether he sings like a canary or clams up, he is doomed. The only good coming from this mess is that it is a wake up call for all politicians. They need to realize that it can happen to any of them. We need honest people willing to serve the people and not to use government as a form of business. Thank goodness for the honest people out there that keep a keen eye on the political process. Keep fighting the good fight, John Kass.
Matthew

West Chicago, IL

#5 Jan 29, 2009
JustAnotherCitizen wrote:
Quinn is part of the machine.
Hold on to your wallets!
Well that's funny because the Denocratic Machine used to HATE him.

Quinn championed a successful move to trim the Illinois House of Representatives from 177 members to 118 in 1980 putting lots of Democratic pols out of work.

He was laso well-known for stunts like urging taxpayers to mail tea bags to the Capitol to protest legislative pay raises.
Matthew

West Chicago, IL

#6 Jan 29, 2009
correction "also well-known"
Ralphie

United States

#8 Jan 29, 2009
John,
I always believed what you wrote and these events just prove it. If I were one of the fine upstanding politicians you have so oftened mentioned, I would eliminating a brick right now. Of course the pols so entrenched in the way are too blind to see it coming. Why do I feel that Quinn is a lamb going to slaughter?
Katarina

Chicago, IL

#9 Jan 29, 2009
Blago has already served time with the lynch mob impeachment. It was a done deal before it even started. John Cullerton was unable to give one example of one issue deliberated by the Democratic Caucus. And what was that ridiculous award given to the Chief Justice? How inappropriate. All he did was follow simple protocol. Does that warrant a huge plaque and a standing ovation? Obviously planned in advance?
It was enlightening to see the representatives make their speeches. The only one worthy of listening was the African American senator who asked for real campaign reform and noted that he doubted if his colleagues would vote unanimously for that.
I hope Blago sings to the feds and gets a suspended sentence. The feds might have to build another prison.
Illinois citizens should get ready for a BIG tax increase that will be blamed on Blago.
Did anyone note that our new governor announced today that he is interested in kids going to the State Parks to getnature experience but did not know the amount of the state deficit when asked by a reporter?
Since the Illinois executive officers and legislators seem to be comfortable diagnosing Blago as narcissitic, perhaps they should become acquainted with the psychological meaning of projection.
Peter

Hobart, IN

#10 Jan 29, 2009
John:

I don't particularly like Blago but this prosecution of individuals without due process is extremely troubling. I know impeachment is a "politcal process" and not a legal one.

This is the same type of "trial by public opinion" that has convicted Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds again without due process.

As much as what Blago seems to done wrong is troubling. What Peter Fitzgerald did, without due process, borders on criminal as well.
Quick Joey Small

Chicago, IL

#11 Jan 29, 2009
Chuck D of Valpo wrote:
Blago has put himself between a rock and a hard place. Whether he sings like a canary or clams up, he is doomed. The only good coming from this mess is that it is a wake up call for all politicians. They need to realize that it can happen to any of them. We need honest people willing to serve the people and not to use government as a form of business. Thank goodness for the honest people out there that keep a keen eye on the political process. Keep fighting the good fight, John Kass.
Hahahah, yeah, right... A wake up call... All of a sudden politicians are going to become honest, huh?

Since: Jan 09

Chicago

#12 Jan 29, 2009
Now that Dead Meat is buried from state politics it is time to take out the other two main idiots running around here in Cook County. That is Mayor Short Shanks and Erkle. Their time is next. We need better leadership here in Cook County as well. I will give Quinn his year in office, that is until the next primary. When the primary happens in 2010, we, as citizens, need to take back our government of liars and thieves that have been running amouck for so long and to end the nepotism by making sure that the next governor in Illinois is not Daddy's Little Girl. 2010 is the year we the citizens of Illinois clean house forever.

Blago will never admit that he has done anything wrong even when the Feds are convicting him in his criminal trial, and he is heading to the pen.

However we all know that when that happens he will sing like no other before him. He can redeem himself however by taking the Combine down as he said in his final press conference.

P.S. Rewatching his final news conference he is still using little kids as a backdrop. He is saying that he is going to fight for us. I would like to know how he is going to do that? Also, he now just needs to put a cork in his mouth he just keeps saying the samething over and over to the point of vomiting.

The final act in this he needs to have his law license revoked.
Commoner

Round Lake, IL

#13 Jan 29, 2009
You're absolutely right, Kass. Although credibility and integrity are two very large hurdles Blago will have to overcome, he doesn't have any other choice BUT to talk, which is what he does best. Blago's comments during his impromptu press conference outside his home Thursday evening were nothing less than ominous when he stated: "I'd like to tell you some of the inside stuff, some of the things they were trying to do, and I'll talk about that later, if you're interested ..... And as for some of those friends of mine in the state Senate, Dr. King said, that in the end, you remember not the words of your enemies, but the silence of your friends." Those silent friends are going down too; provided Blago lives long enough to tell the tale.

Apparently, the first executive order Governor Quinn made was to have all the security detail around Blago's house immediately vacate the premises. What do you suppose the response time will be if police or other emergency services are called? Hiz Onner da Mayor has been far too quiet for the past few months. It's hard to imagine him being overly concerned about the safety of (former) Governor "Cuckoo." Doesn't Blago live in Rham Emanuel's old 5th District? I'd be willing to bet that Governor's Mansion in Springfield is looking pretty good to Blago now. This is just the end of the beginning and we ain't seen nothin' yet!
Moe in Montreal

Montréal, Canada

#14 Jan 29, 2009
The ouster of a legally elected governor is both obscene and disgusting. The rush to judgment of a governor who did his best to protect the seniors and ordinary people of Illinois from the predacious corporate and political elite in Illinois is remarkable in a country where the presumption is of innocence.
I lived in Chicago for ten years and until he is tried and convicted I would trust the ex-governor before WGN NBC CBS Fox ABC or the Trib. It seems that Illinois likes to vilify those who do the job for their constituents. I think of Conrad Black languishing in jail for protecting the interests of his investors and shareholders watching his successors bankrupting his company.
I hope Rod's successor is not successful in bringing the economy of Illinois into the same dumpster as the surrounding states. My hope is that Michigan, Indiana, Wisconsin, Ohio, Minnesota and Iowa offer Blago their Governorship goodness knows they would relish the opportunity to enjoy the economic and social success of Illinois under Governor Blagojevich.
John McCains Rice Bowl

Scottsdale, AZ

#16 Jan 29, 2009
Don Vito Daley:

You talk about vengance. Is vengance going to bring your Olympic clout back to you or my boy to me? I forgo the vengance of my only son who is facing indictment. But my son-in-law, Blago, has to leave this country because of this pay-for-play business. So now I have to one day make arraingments to bring him back safely from Serbia cleared of all these false charges after we deal with this FitzGerald-guy. But I'm a superstitious man. And if some unlucky accident should befall him, if he should be shot in the head by a police officer while he is out jogging in that skinny track suit, or if should hang himself by his bouffant hairdo in his jail cell, or if he is knifed by a lesbian sister-in-law seeking landfill favors, or if he's struck by a bolt of lightening flying out of Jimmy DeLeo's "bleepin" backside in Tavern on Rush, then I'm going to blame some of the people in this 5th floor room and that, I do not forgive. But, that aside, let say that I swear, on the souls of my two grand daughters, that I will not be the one to break the peace we have made here today.

Signed

/Richard Mell/
white haired bastid of the 33rd somethig or udder

P.S. Patti sends her best and her resume supports your nomination of her to be your next Chief of Staff. If its good enough for Mosena, Kruesi and Huberman, its good enough for Patti. At least she has stones.
Dave

Chicago, IL

#17 Jan 29, 2009
Peter wrote:
As much as what Blago seems to done wrong is troubling. What Peter Fitzgerald did, without due process, borders on criminal as well.
Agree 100%. I'm surprised Kass was so impressed with the impeachment process. Must be nice for a federal prosecutor to try and convict the accused in the court of public opinion while waiting over 100 days to actually articulate the criminal charges against him.
KPOM

Lisle, IL

#18 Jan 29, 2009
Dave wrote:
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Agree 100%. I'm surprised Kass was so impressed with the impeachment process. Must be nice for a federal prosecutor to try and convict the accused in the court of public opinion while waiting over 100 days to actually articulate the criminal charges against him.
Indictments take time. Normally he'd still be building a case. The alleged "crime spree" is what prompted the arrest before he was ready with the indictment.

That said, the General Assembly didn't need an indictment or arrest to impeach Blagojevich. If you recall, the Tribune has been calling for that for over a year now. The governor has been obstructionist and wholly uncooperative with the Assembly for several years now, spending more time grandstanding than governing. Fitz might have prompted the Assembly to finally do the right thing, but he neither controlled the process, nor was his involvement required.
marcus liberty

Chicago, IL

#19 Jan 29, 2009
My only question is this, why was Blago bugged but not Mayor Daley. How much information would a wiretap of Da Mayor for life give us?
Dave

Chicago, IL

#20 Jan 29, 2009
KPOM wrote:
Indictments take time. Normally he'd still be building a case. The alleged "crime spree" is what prompted the arrest before he was ready with the indictment.
Yeah, I heard about all of those filthy-mouthed phone calls. Nice job in cleaning up the airwaves, Fitz. I'm still trying to figure out which editorial board writer was fired at the Tribune and how much money Roland Burris had to pay for his U.S Senate seat.
independent voter Joliet

Joliet, IL

#21 Jan 29, 2009
If anyone had read the bill H.R.1. this tid bit was in it.. Blago is as corrupt as the rest of them no worse and while I didn't agree with him hardly ever this was preempted.. I hope he sings
like a bird,
I read this the day the house passed the bill..
H.R.1
SEC. 1112. ADDITIONAL ASSURANCE OF APPROPRIATE USE OF FUNDS.
None of the funds provided by this Act may be made available to the State of Illinois, or any agency of the State, unless (1) the use of such funds by the State is approved in legislation enacted by the State after the date of the enactment of this Act, or (2) Rod R. Blagojevich no longer holds the office of Governor of the State of Illinois. The preceding sentence shall not apply to any funds provided directly to a unit of local government (1) by a Federal department or agency, or (2) by an established formula from the State.
averagetaxpayer

Hampshire, IL

#22 Jan 29, 2009
Id like to see the feds kick over the whole basket of wormy apples, il bet there arent any good ones in it

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