A new high for Illinois politics

Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s arrest this morning should be no surprise, just a relief. I knew he would eventually go down (one of his promises upon first being elected was to clean up Illinois politics in the wake of George Ryan’s tenure), but I thought they would wait until after he got out of office. The Senate appointment and his desire for a cabinet spot apparently made that wait undesirable. That’s good. The wait for Ryan to be arrested was ridiculous.

This is the fourth Illinois governor in my lifetime (I’m 50) to be arrested. The others — all convicted — were Otto Kerner, Dan Walker and Ryan. (Walker also ran on an anticorruption message.)

I’m so proud.

One question: Will this shake up Illinois politics enough to get some Republicans back in statewide office? Not that that’s necessarily any better, but …


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