Taking a detour…

…to talk about this little situation we’ve got going on in my sweet home, Chicago. In case you’ve been living somewhere where politicians are honest and actually act in the public’s best interest, that’s not how we do it in Chicago!!! Our illustrious governor, Rod Blagojevich, who I’ll call Blago for short, has been arrested for bribery. He has been trying to sell the Senate seat vacated by our future president, Barack Obama. Now, here in Illinois, Blago has never been a hometown favorite. For those of you that don’t know, and it might come as a shock, Chicago is NOT the capital of Illinois!! Never has been. I’ll give you a moment to catch your breath.

Ok, ready?? Ready. Even though we have a perfectly good governor’s mansion in the capitol of Illinois, which is Springfield, Blago has decided to not live in it. So, we are paying to heat and power a huge ass house that has sat empty for the past 5 years. Never mind that the state capitol is within walking distance. Oh no, we couldn’t possibly try to save the state money. Instead, we get to pay for another home in Chicago. Oh, and don’t worry that most state workers haven’t gotten a raise since he took office. Don’t worry, Blago has. He also has a habit of flying to Springfield, at least two to three times a week. According to this article, if he would just stay in the freakin’ house, we would save a ton of money.

This is the midwest. Rumors run wild here. So, it didn’t really come as a surprise when he was arrested. But now, we have a federal agent announcing at a press conference that “If Illinois isn’t the most corrupt state, it’s certainly one hell of a competitor.” Wow. I guess it’s only fitting that now I mention that this is the fourth governor to be arrested in thirty five years. Our last governor is sitting in a jail cell right now, as a matter of fact.

So, it will be interesting to watch this unfold. Until then, I think I’ll just watch this:

I was there for that concert…probably one of the best ones that I went to. The energy in that room was amazing. Good stuff.

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2 Responses to “Taking a detour…”

  1. I find it interesting that Obama keeps coming up in the news associated with the likes of guys like this. He backed this guy and now the scandal comes out.

  2. Well, he didn’t really back the guy, as far as I can tell. He was not invited to Obama’s announcement about running for president, and he wasn’t invited to the rally held here this summer. He also wasn’t there for his acceptance speech. I think he’s been trying to steer clear of him for a while, and for good reason.

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