Rod Blagojevich indicted, Arrested, Chicago Tribune, December 9, 2008, Illinois pay to Play, Leutenant Governor Pat Quinn information, Obama endorsed Blagojevich, Rezko trial, Emil Jones picked to replace Obama, John Wyma

Illinois Governor Rod Blagovich has been indicted and arrested
in a continuing investigation into pay for play politics in
Illinois. The Leutenant Governor of Illinois is Pat Quinn.
Here is some biographical information on Pat Quinn:

“Not to be confused with the other Pat Quinn, Lieutenant Governor Pat Quinn was elected to executive office in 2002, and recently won a second term, defeating Joe Birkett. He served as the elected State Treasurer of Illinois from 1991 to 1995, and was the Commissioner of the Cook County Board of (Property) Tax Appeals in the early eighties. He has also served as Revenue Director for the City of Chicago. In addition to being first in line of succession to the Governor, the Lt. Governor serves on a variety of boards and commissions around the state.

Regarded in political circles as a progressive, Pat Quinn has a record of organizing grassroots political initiatives around the state since the 1970s, including the ultimately unsuccessful push for the “Illinois Initiative,” which would have amended the state constitution to give state citizens the power to enact statutes through the process of referenda, much like California. Although the petition drive was successful, it was blocked by the Illinois Supreme Court, which ruled that the Illinois Initiative was an “unconstitutional constitutional amendment” and was never put before voters. In 1980 he successfully led the fight for the Cutback amendment to the Illinois Constitution, which reduced the size of the Illinois House of Representatives from 177 to 118 members. In 1983 he led the drive to create the Citizens Utility Board. His undergraduate degree is in International Economics, which he earned at Georgetown, and he holds a law degree from Northwestern and teaches Tax Law at Chicago-Kent. Recently, he has led the fight against utility rate hikes in Illinois, and, much like former Lt. Governor Paul Simon, he has used his position in state government to advocate for taxpayers and other people that lack powerful interests in our political system.

Much like the political culture in this state, Illinois election law has some unusual requirements, among them that candidates for lieutenant governor run separate in the primary from candidates for governor. As such, the two highest elected executives in the state don’t always agree, and the Blagojevich-Quinn administration has been no exception. Chicagoist had the opportunity to sit down with Quinn in his Chicago office a few weeks ago to discuss grassroots activism, tax relief, ethics, public transit, and Paul Simon.”

Read more here:

http://chicagoist.com/2007/04/20/interview_illinois_lieutenant_governor_pat_quinn.php

10 responses to “Rod Blagojevich indicted, Arrested, Chicago Tribune, December 9, 2008, Illinois pay to Play, Leutenant Governor Pat Quinn information, Obama endorsed Blagojevich, Rezko trial, Emil Jones picked to replace Obama, John Wyma

  1. Citizen Wells, this is rich –

    http://www.cleveland.com/nation/index.ssf/2008/12/illinois_gov_blagojevich_arres.html

    Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich arrested, accused of wanting to sell Obama’s Senate seat
    by Mike Robinson / The Associated Press
    Tuesday December 09, 2008, 9:42 AM

  2. lol

    A big ole’ wrench has been thrown into Barack Obama’s smooth operation.

  3. Wonder what’s Obama’s involvement in this mess?

  4. As a citizen of southern Illinois, the people of this state will never get out of the corruption of Chicago politics as long as well keep electing politicians from Chicago. This is all “business as usual” in the Chicago machine, but the Feds had an advantage because of Blagojevich’s stupidity.

  5. If this country allows Obama to proceed to the presidency unlawfully and unconstitutionally, I expect more instances of corruption and disregard for the law as government and the far left become more emboldened from his example and from the downplaying of the crimes of his associations. I DON’T WANT to see Rev. Wright and Bill Ayers in my living room each night but they are there because they are friends of the presidential candidate. My prayers are with Cort, Leo, Berg and all the others who are standing up against this usurper and standing strong for America!

  6. Richard Newton

    EVERYTHING and everyone associated with Obama stinks to high heaven.

  7. I happen to know and like Pat Quinn — he will be a good governor, and will likely serve quite awhile.

  8. Pat Quinn is a person with great achievements. To gather information before coming up with the decision as to whether Blagojevich should resign is a showing of his great personality.

  9. Washington Times says that the RNC is already prepping for this:

    —–

    From the RNC’s Alex Conant:

    All – In light of the arrests in Illinois today, please recall the below points:

    Obama Has Advised The Blagojevich Campaign And Endorsed Him For A Second Term:

    Obama Advised Blagojevich On His Victorious Gubernatorial Run. “That year, [Obama] gained his first high-level experience in a statewide campaign when he advised the victorious gubernatorial candidate Rod Blagojevich, another politician with a funny name and a message of reform.” (Ryan Lizza, “Making It,” The New Yorker, 7/21/08)

    Obama: “If the governor asks me to work on his behalf, I’ll be happy to do it.” (John Patterson, “Senator Says He’s Still Willing To Help Blagojevich Despite Hiring Concerns,” Chicago Daily Herald, 7/27/06)

    Obama Endorsed Blagojevich For A Second Term. “Obama, who endorsed Blagojevich for a second term nearly 18 months ago, said he’s ready to help Illinois democrats in the upcoming elections.” (John Patterson, “Senator Says He’s Still Willing To Help Blagojevich Despite Hiring Concerns,” Chicago Daily Herald, 7/27/06)

    Obama: “We’ve got a governor in Rod Blagojevich who has delivered consistently on behalf of the people of Illinois.” (Deanna Bellandi, “Illinois Democrats Talk Unity But Don’t Show It,” The Associated Press, 8/16/06)

    —–

    OOPS.

  10. Here’s an interesting tidbit from the Blagojevich affidavit…….
    The affidavit contends Blagojevich discussed getting a substantial salary for himself at a non-profit foundation or an organization affiliated with labor unions. It also says Blagojevich talked about getting his wife placed on corporate boards where she might get $150,000 a year in director’s fees.

    Found it at:
    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/28139155

    Sound familiar… work for a non-profit org and have your wife make a ton of money sitting on a board of directors

    This kind of news makes my tin-foil hat glow!

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