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Ah, yes! Sweet Home Chicago! That Toddlin' Town! Ya gotta love it!

It's plastered all over the Internet, so it must be official: the governor of Illinois, Rod "I wanna be rich too" Blagojevich, has been busted by the FBI for trying to sell Barack Obama's newly vacated senate seat. According to the intrepid Drudge, "14. On or about October 19, 2006, MUTUAL BANK received a Grand Jury Subpeona requiring MUTUAL BANK to produce the REZKO 5050 GREENWOOD loan". It's about time the good folks of Chicago started getting angry about the rampant corruption in their so-called "government".

Chicago, home of famous crooks. The Good Old Boy gang. It reminds me of the famous song lyrics I "borrowed" for the title of this blog.

When you add this latest scandal onto Obama's birth certificate issue, could we be talking a GOP comeback here? Curious minds want to know. Jim Pinkerton blogged, "‘Blago’ Busted: The Republican Comeback, Part 2". As long as I was over on Pinkerton's "The Fox Fourm" page, I also read, "The Republican Comeback, Part 1". Good stuff.


(As "spiced up" with a few of the faces from Chicago's proud history of political "specialness" and the so-called "Chicago Outfit".)

Ill. senate votes 59-0 to remove Gov. Blagojevich - APNews

Senate removes Blagojevich from office - Chicago Tribune

Obama chief of staff Rahm Emanuel ducks reporters' questions - Chicago Sun-Times

State House Dems gathering sponsors for impeachment - Chicago Sun-Times

Blagojevich case is a blot on Chicagoans' pride - USA Today - "The Chicago Sun-Times summed up the mood with a terse front-page headline: 'Shame.'"

Obama chief of staff Rahm Emanuel ducks reporters' questions - Chicago Sun-Times

Obama calls on Ill. governor to resign - USA Today

Fitzgerald: "Gov. Blagojevich has taken us to a truly new low" - Chicago Sun-Times - (This from the same manipulative jerk who pursued Scooter Libby even though he knew full well before hand that Libby was NOT the Plame leaker and that Plame was not an endangered agent "in the field" on a covert assignment. Fitzgerald should share the same cell with Blagojevich! - JRW)

Daley to Blagojevich: 'Do the right thing' - Chicago Sun-Times - (Talk about the pot calling the kettle black! - JRW)

Illinois Gov. Blagojevich, chief of staff arrested - Chicago Tribune - "'The breadth of corruption laid out in these charges is staggering,' U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald said in a statement."

Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich taken into federal custody - Chicago Sun Times - "Gov. Blagojevich, wearing a black and blue jogging suit, appeared before a federal judge this afternoon on corruption charges."

FBI: Illinois Gov. Blagojevich Tried to Sell Obama's Senate Seat - Wall Street Journal - "Mr. Blagojevich, a 51-year-old Democrat, and chief of staff John Harris, 46, are each charged with conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and solicitation of bribery."

"A fu**ing valuable thing, you don't just give it away for nothing" - The Smoking Gun - The good old SMG has posted part of the actual criminal complaint! - "The criminal complaint filed today against Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich contains a remarkable section detailing the Democratic politician's alleged attempt to cash in on his ability to fill the U.S. Senate seat vacated by President-elect Barack Obama. Attached to the U.S. District Court complaint is an FBI affidavit, excerpted below, alleging that Blagojevich was caught on wiretaps noting that the Senate seat 'is a fu**ing valuable thing, you just don't give it away for nothing.' He was also recorded saying that unless 'I get something real good,' he would appoint himself to the vacancy. 'I'm going to keep this Senate option for me a real possibility, you know, and therefore I can drive a hard bargain. You hear what I'm saying. And if I don't get what I want and I'm not satisfied with it, then I'll just take the Senate seat myself.'" "During a wiretapped November 10 call, a frustrated and financially strapped Blagojevich referred to Obama as a 'motherfu**er' and said that he would not appoint an ally of the President-elect to the Senate vacancy if 'I don't get anything.' Referring to Obama, Blagojevich exclaimed, 'F*** him. For nothing? F*** him.' In a November 11 conversation, Blagojevich remarked that he knew Obama wanted Valerie Jarrett, a longtime confidante, to succeed him, 'but they're not willing to give me anything except appreciation. F*** them.'"

Details Of Complaint Against Blagojevich - - "Illinois Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich and his Chief of Staff, John Harris, were arrested today by FBI agents on federal corruption charges alleging that they and others are engaging in ongoing criminal activity: conspiring to obtain personal financial benefits for Blagojevich by leveraging his sole authority to appoint a United States Senator; threatening to withhold substantial state assistance to the Tribune Company in connection with the sale of Wrigley Field to induce the firing of Chicago Tribune editorial board members sharply critical of Blagojevich; and to obtain campaign contributions in exchange for official actions – both historically and now in a push before a new state ethics law takes effect January 1, 2009."

Obama works to distance himself from Ill. governor - - "The president-elect was blunt and brief in addressing the case on Tuesday: 'I had no contact with the governor or his office, and so I was not aware of what was happening' concerning any possible dealing about Blagojevich's appointment of a successor."

Obama Says He Had No Contact With Blagojevich on Senate Seat - - "'I had no contact with the governor or his office and so I was not aware of what was happening,' Obama told reporters today in Chicago. 'It’s a sad day for Illinois. Beyond that, I don’t think it’s appropriate to comment.'"

Axelrod Flashback: "I know he's talked to the governor and there are whole range of names" . . . "Mispoke" - ABCNews Blogs via the Drudge Report headline - "While insisting that the President-elect had not expressed a favorite to replace him, and his inclination was to avoid being a 'kingmaker,' Axelrod said, 'I know he's talked to the governor and there are a whole range of names many of which have surfaced, and I think he has a fondness for a lot of them.'" "(UPDATE: An Obama Transition Team aide says that Axelrod misspoke on Fox News Chicago.)" "(UPDATE #2:  Axelrod this evening issued a statement saying. 'I was mistaken when I told an interviewer last month that the President-elect has spoken directly to Governor Blagojevich about the Senate vacancy. They did not then or at any time discuss the subject.')"

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