Today the Illinois state house had their say in the state capital. They voted to kick Governor Blagojevich out of office, turning it over to the state senate for their say. As the vote came down overwhelmingly to impeach… 3 hours north in Chicago people outside the Governor’s office were chanting for his resignation. Where was the Governor? He was out for a run, in 4 inches of snow.
A few hours later Governor Blagojevich showed up for his press conference. The place was stuffed with reporters all talking about what he would do or say. He walked up to the podium and re-stated that he was innocent of all charges against him. Not guilty of any criminal wrong doing. He surrounded himself with people he says he helped with his policies while in office. He says he will fight on and he'll have his day in court. Then, he recited poetry he says inspired him since he first heard Ted Kennedy do the same in 1980. Even the press scratched their heads in amazement.
Despite all the drama earlier this week, the United States Senate now may not seat Blagojevich’s appointment, Roland Burris, after all—all over the lack of a signature from the secretary of state who says he won’t sign. Perhaps they knew this all along. Could the senate have been buying their time to get a new appointment after Blagojevich was kicked out of office?
Everyday the papers and newscasts in Chicago are filled with the odd events surrounding the Illinois Governor and his nomination of Roland Burris to the United States senate. Columnists in town have written that the nation is getting a taste of Chicago politics and a spot light is getting placed on the way this city has worked for decades. Over dinner a few days ago, friends were lamenting that just a couple months ago the city was buzzing... on a high from presidential election that delivered Washington DC one of their own. Now, they say it feels like a monster hang-over that won't go away.
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