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IL Green Party Statement on Arrest of Gov. Rod Blagojevich

Chicago, Illinois

Archival photo: Chicago, Illinois

We in the Illinois Green Party are deeply troubled by the arrest of Governor Rod Blagojevich and his chief-of-staff John Harris.  The Governor is charged with attempting to personally profit from his power to appoint a person to the U.S. Senate.  While we recognize that the accused are innocent until proven guilty, we must also admit that we are not surprised by these allegations.  We have seen a long pattern of pay-to-play from Blagojevich, and indeed, a long pattern of pay-to-play throughout Illinois politics for years.  The long sordid history of corruption in Illinois must finally come to an end.

The Green Party has always stood for accountability, transparency, and clean government through clean elections.  We reject all corporate campaign contributions, advocate for public financing, and have long pushed for at least caps on individual contributions, so that our elections will no longer be pay-to-play.

We call on the Illinois General Assembly to hold an emergency session to:

1) Develop legislation to give the people of Illinois the ability to recall their public officials;

2) Consider the impeachment of Governor Blagojevich;

3) Amend Illinois statute to provide for an open process for filling this and future U.S. Senate seats, preferably through a special election, as the process for filling the current vacancy has been irrevocably tainted;

4) Reform the campaign finance system, banning all corporate campaign contributions, and installing caps on individual contributions;

Congressman Emanuel (middle) joined Governor Blagojevich (left), and Members of Congress urging Medicare Conferees to include Reimportation language...

Archival photo: "Congressman Rahm Emanuel (middle) joined Governor Blagojevich (left), and Members of Congress urging Medicare Conferees to include Reimportation language..."

5) Further reform the campaign finance system to eliminate pay-for-play, by barring or severely limiting contributions from
political appointees, and mandating that political committees return donations made from individuals subsequently appointed to public office, boards, or commissions.

These are the first steps which need to be taken to help instill integrity, transparency, and accountability to our state government.

Unrelated news update: There are reports that Congressman Rahm Emanuel, Obama’s new Chief of Staff, may be the one who tipped off the FBI to Blagojevich’s corruption. Note archival photo above, of Congressman Emanuel and Governor Blagojevich at a press conference together. As elected officials in the same state, they worked on several bills and projects together over the years.

5 Responses

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  2. Really how bad is the corruption in Illinois? Seem to be alot of politicians getting caught!

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  4. it’s interesting how Blagojevich seems so unaffected by all the chaos swirling around him; it’s as if he feels right at home…

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