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    Illinois Gov. Blagojevich arrested

    FBI alleges governor conspiried to sell or trade the state's U.S. Senate seat, which is being vacated by President-elect Barack Obama.

    The Department of Justice alleges that in exchange for the Senate appointment, Blagojevich discussed obtaining:

    - a substantial salary for himself at either a non-profit foundation or an organization affiliated with labor unions;
    - placing his wife on paid corporate boards where he speculated she might garner as much as $150,000 a year;
    - promises of campaign funds — including cash up front;
    - a cabinet post or ambassadorship for himself.


    The NJ Gov only wants to be Secretary of the Treasury.

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/28139155/
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    He's a piece of work. His father in law is a longtime wheeler-dealer Chicago alderman. There was a ballot initiative for the voter to be able to recall the governor and it failed.
    They are talking on WGN radio about pushing him to resign right now.
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    Chicago politics = corruption. Always has, always will.

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    I hope that's not true. The Lt. Governor, Pat Quinn seems better. I tried to find a link to his bio, but the web traffic to the site is overloaded and he's not on Wikipedia's radar. I mostly remember him as the voice of CUB (Citizens Utility Board) Watchdog Group.
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    In NJ, there was early talk about yanking the governor. There was no law so the repubs were lobbying a referendum to recind the election. Quickly the demo majority enacted a law and the gov signed it. To recall a governor nows requires it be put to a public vote. To get it up vote, a petition signed by 40% of the registered voters must be presented.

    Not only must you find 25% of NJ voters to sign the petition, the signature must be witnessed and attested to by a Notary Public from the county in which you reside.

    Now for the catchy part. The news folks have calcualted that it takes about 5 years for NJ counties to amend changes in the voter registration. That means if you die, you'll remain a registered voter. If you move between counties, you'll be registered to vote in 2 counties for up to 5 years. If you move out of the state, they may never remove your name. Some genius statistician calculated that in order to get enough signatures to recal the Gov, the petitioners would acutally have to get closer to 50% of the population to sign the petition. Then by virtue of all of the errors that get challenged, you may have the required 25%.

    Last, someone from the state must validate signature and county of registration.

    There is more effort to bar a recall than there is to verify a voter in a presidential election.
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    Um, we kick New Jersey's ass when it comes to corruption. Two governors are currently in state custody. The mayor of the town I work in (Cicero), Betty Loren-Maltese, in jail. The former mayor of the town I grew up in? Just got out of jail.

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    Wow, RYou. Seems like there should be a more accurate way to do vote registration. Maybe if you changed your address, you have to list your old address so that the info can be forwarded to your old district or state so it can be removed.

    I'm listening to the press conference right now. It's so brazen. But don't say that it will always be corrupt, Sean. The amazingly uncorruptable State's Attorney, Patrick Fitzgerald, is also from here.
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    What do you think about Quinn, Blue?
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    Quote Originally Posted by BonnieJ2 View Post
    What do you think about Quinn, Blue?
    I am a huge fan. He is a Fenwick alum and his brother teaches history and coaches basketball there, so I've gotten to meet him a few times. He is very kind and unassuming. (His brother is actually the arrogant one!) His record cannot be touched. He isn't beholden to anyone, and he has lost elections because of it. I would love to see him as our governor.

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