Prosecutor: Blagojevich Engaged in 'Political Corruption Crime Spree'


HK4U

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FBI Special Agent-in-Charge in Chicago Robert Grant said he was asked by reporters when he first started the investigation "whether or not Illinois is the most corrupt state in the United States."

"And I didn't answer that question, yes or no, and I can't answer that question today. I don't have 49 other states to compare it with.But I can tell you one thing: If it isn't the most corrupt state in the United States, its certainly one hell of a competitor," he said.

Exactly.

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Scarecrow

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just got an email today from a friend about this who lives in illinois.. I keep telling her she needs to get out of that state..
 

toreskha

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Let's hope the next Gov and Senator are A) Honest and have integrity B) Are pro 2A and allow the people of Illinois to defend themselves with the right to carry concealed.

Illinois Governor Tried to Sell Senate Seat: Feds - Politics and Government * US * News * Story - CNBC.com

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tattedupboy

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Ill is a disaster. Fire them all and start from scratch.


All of Illinois isn't this way. Crook (oops, I meant Cook) County, which is where Chicago is located, is where all of this mess goes on. Take it away, and Illinois would have been shall issue CCW a long time ago. Not only that, but the number of corruption cases we hear about would dramatically decrease as well.
 

toreskha

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Apparently even Obama is asking him to leave - and he's basically thumbing his nose at everyone. Incredible. The level of arrogance this guy is displaying is unbelievable. It would be hilarious if he went and tried to appoint a replacement to Obama's seat before he gets impeached. I'd ROFL.
 

tattedupboy

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By the way, I find it amusing that special agent Grant refused to say one way or the other whether Illinois was the nation's most corrupt state. I'll make it easy; even though this list of the nation's most corrupt states is over a year old, for the most part, it is still true. See here:

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As we can see from this list, being shall issue or may issue has no relationship to whether or not a state is corrupt. Political culture is more a reliable indicator than how gun friendly a state is.
 

toreskha

Titles are un-American.
By the way, I find it amusing that special agent Grant refused to say one way or the other whether Illinois was the nation's most corrupt state. I'll make it easy; even though this list of the nation's most corrupt states is over a year old, for the most part, it is still true. See here:

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As we can see from this list, being shall issue or may issue has no relationship to whether or not a state is corrupt. Political culture is more a reliable indicator than how gun friendly a state is.
Depends on what you look at to determine corruption. Arizona, apparently, has had three governors resign in the last 30 years for corruption, and that's the most of any state. But then you could look at the percentage of public officials who were charged with something in each state, or people of any particular office that resigned, or any other factors.
 

tattedupboy

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Follow up

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CHICAGO – Businessmen with ties to both Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich and U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson discussed raising $1 million for Blagojevich to help persuade him to appoint Jackson to President-elect Barack Obama's vacant Senate seat, according to a published report.

Citing unnamed sources, the Chicago Tribune reports in a story for Friday's editions that businessman Raghuveer Nayak and Blagojevich aide Rajinder Bedi told attendees at an Oct. 31 meeting that they needed to raise the money for the governor to ensure Jackson's appointment.

"Raghu said he needed to raise a million for Rod to make sure Jesse got the seat," an unidentified source who attended the meeting told the Tribune. Blagojevich also attended the meeting, which was sponsored by Nayak, an Oak Brook businessman.

A message left at a listing for Raghuveer Nayak in Oak Brook was not immediately returned early Friday. No published listing for Bedi could be found.

Blagojevich was arrested Tuesday on federal corruption charges that allege, among other things, a brazen scheme to put Obama's vacant Senate seat up for sale.

According to the FBI complaint, the Oct. 31 meeting took place the same day federal prosecutors intercepted a conversation in which Blagojevich claims he'd been approached by a representative for an unnamed "Senate Candidate 5" who offered cash in exchange for the Senate seat.

On Wednesday, it was revealed that Jackson was the candidate.

"We were approached 'pay to play,'" Blagojevich said in the call. The candidate would raise $500,000 for Blagojevich, and an emissary would raise an additional $1 million, according to the conversation.

Jackson spokesman Rick Bryant told the Tribune that while Jackson discussed the Senate seat with Nayak, he never asked him to do anything.

Nayak, 54, has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for Blagojevich and is also close to the Jackson family. Bedi has also been a Blagojevich fundraiser.

The Oct. 31 meeting led to a Blagojevich fundraiser held Saturday that was co-sponsored by Nayak. The governor attended, as did Jackson's brother Jonathan, who went into business with Nayak several years ago, according to the newspaper report.

Two days later, Jackson met with Blagojevich to discuss the Senate seat.
 

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