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Share Your Thoughts: Blagojevich Gets 14 Years in Prison

What are your thoughts on the sentence of Illinois' former governor?

Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich was sentenced this afternoon to 14 years in prison for his June conviction on 17 counts of federal corruption charges.

According to the Chicago Tribune, Blagojevich told Federal Judge James Zagel on Wednesday morning that he was sorry for his actions in try to sell the U.S. Senate seat formerly held by President Barack Obama. He spoke for about 20 minutes at his his sentencing hearing.

Blagojevich, who had faced 20 corruption charges in his second trial, was convicted on 11 charges for trying to sell the Senate seat. He was also found guilty of attempting to shake down executives for campaign donations.

Blagojevich is the fourth Illinois governor in the last 40 years to be found guilty of crimes. Former Illinois governors George Ryan, Dan Walker and Otto Kerner have also been convicted.

Jane Enviere December 07, 2011 at 09:21 PM
What does this anti-choice statement have to do with his sentence?
Jane Enviere December 07, 2011 at 09:24 PM
He's sorry he got caught. He's pathological. He got a couple more years than I expected, but his outlandish criminal behavior got him in this situation, so he'll have to deal with it.
jaskie1505 December 07, 2011 at 09:41 PM
Rod made a choice to go down the wrong path. By making that choice, he was willing to risk his freedom and go to jail if caught. The old expression holds true today as it did in the past, "don't do the crime if you can't do the time". Not sure why people are feeling sorry for his family. Patty was caught on tape supporting some of his actions. She knew full well the game they were playing. Sure the kids suffer not having a father around for key events in their lives, but this is true for all kids whose parents are criminals. Hopefully the voters learn not to elect the corrupt and hope that the leopard will change his spots once elected. It doesn't work that way.
Steve December 07, 2011 at 09:47 PM
Derpa derp.
N/A December 07, 2011 at 09:57 PM
There's a lot of money and power in government on every level (local, county, state and federal). Unfortunately, politicians like Blago knows they can make quick money and gain power because most voters are not really paying attention. That's how these criminals thrive. Luckily, the long arm of the law is ALWAYS WATICHING. They stepped in and made it right. Don't feel sorry for the crooks. Lets celebrate U.S. Attorney General Fitzegerald, the jurors and the judge for throwing the book at him. So long, Blago!
Tim December 07, 2011 at 10:00 PM
I wonder how many years the mayor of Channahon will get in prison?
It all comes out in the wash December 07, 2011 at 10:04 PM
I hope this is a lesson of things to come. Its about time Politicans are put away for the crimes they commit. How much did this cost us? This was not one charge it was 11.....11 total he got greedy and thought he was above the law. Send all of the non-ethical, criminal, dishonest Politicans to jail.
Pat Ryan December 07, 2011 at 10:50 PM
It should have been more years. The only reason he faked his contrition to the judge is because his lawyers told him to.....that it would lessen his sentence. Maybe he should have worried about his "babies" at home before messing with the law!!!!
Mike December 07, 2011 at 11:34 PM
How are you found guilty than sentenced than still allowed to be free for two more months.What a system....
Nancy Jane December 08, 2011 at 12:11 AM
Funny isn't it Mike. If I recall correctly, Drew Peterson hasn't even been on trial yet let alone found guilty of anything and he has been in jail for what, 2 years now!
Matt Walker December 08, 2011 at 03:01 AM
Put me down for $200 to a Kendall County charity, Earnan.
Tish Kaatz December 08, 2011 at 03:44 AM
Should have been longer. Now the taxpayers will be paying the death he caused to Illinois until 2033.
KEVIN BROWN December 08, 2011 at 05:14 AM
Everyone one is happy he is going away for 14 years and federal mandates say he must serve 80 percent. I hate to break everyones bubble Both Tony Rezco and Rob Blagovich could get out at the same time Rob must report by February 16th and could be released by January 20, 2012 if Obama loses the election he could Pardon both rezco and blago the day he would leave the white house.
Beth December 08, 2011 at 05:57 AM
well someone has to be the first.....maybe now the others will see the change in Illinois and they will think twice before breaking the law. The bottom line is he broke the law and was found guilty. That is justice.
Beth December 08, 2011 at 06:01 AM
Kevin, don't know where you are getting your info....federal prison time requires the inmate serves 85% of their sentence......he will be in for 11 years and 9 months.....federal law!
Richard R December 08, 2011 at 06:36 AM
Doggiemom. How do you think this site is not a fee based site. So one has to help pay the bills
Homer December 08, 2011 at 01:16 PM
Guys a freakin clown. Got what he deserves. People put their trust in the public officials we vote for and they use it for their own personal gains. I hope he drops the soap in the shower! Watch his wife trying to get him in the house while he's out side acting like an idiot. She can now have 14 years of peace.
Lucinda December 08, 2011 at 02:00 PM
Yup I agree, Fall Guy for all the other crooked polititions in this state, what message is this sentence sending really?..the family will suffer greatly, and we will now end up paying for his jail time on top of everything else, he does deserve to have gone to prison, but 14 years really?.. murders dont even get that these days..to severe, and this stuff about sending a message to others that this will no longer be tolorated is just bull..all it says is lets make sure we cover our tails better..corruption is everywhere, they just have not gotten caught yet.And I agree why wouldnt they let all the tapes be heard..perhaps there was something on them that would have destroyed their case??. To Severe of a sentence.
Mike December 08, 2011 at 02:12 PM
He should have gotten 20 years just for being a d-bag throughout this whole ordeal.
Steve December 08, 2011 at 02:27 PM
Corruption charge vs murder charge. Big difference. That's why one is in jail and the other gets to report to jail.
Tom Selleck December 08, 2011 at 03:01 PM
The sentence was to harsh! I could see if he was given 7-9 years! What he did was a white collar ,non- violent crime and he talked stupid! I think the Federal prosecutors and Federal Justice system is a joke!!! If anyone read the Sun-Times yesterday there was a story where Federal Prosecutors made a deal with a low life useless scum bag ganger banger that killed two people and planed to kill others as he was a hitman! They only gave this scum 14.5 years for his testimony! What a joke!
wanda petrucci December 08, 2011 at 03:56 PM
...Couldn't have happened to a nicer guy. The real tragedy here though is his children. I can't imagine how painful this is for them. My empathy will be for them in the hopes they have enough love and support around them to help get them through.
Tom Selleck December 08, 2011 at 04:57 PM
20 years for what! Some murderer's ,rapist or pedophiles do not receive that much jail time! This was a political hanging!!
Tom Selleck December 08, 2011 at 05:08 PM
Whats wrong with this picture! Blago gets 14 years for a non violent white collar crime and the fed's give no jail time to Sammy "the Bull" Gravano a hit man for the Gotti family and admitted to killing at least 20 victims as long as he testified against Gotti! Go figure! The Federal Government Judicial system s-u-c-k-s!!
Barry Allen December 08, 2011 at 06:22 PM
I'm sure Kevin meant Jan 20th, 2013 (the next possible inauguration day). I suspect his information that President Obama could pardon Blago came from the same place as mine, Article II, Section 2 of the United States Constitution. It worked for 140 close friends of Bill Clinton in the waning days of his presidency.
Leslie Green December 08, 2011 at 08:48 PM
Way too harsh...waste of tax $ to keep him there, not to mention the millions wasted already on trial. When will all the other professional crooks (politicians) be investigated? Hmmm...just the usual bs, people...
Beth December 08, 2011 at 09:44 PM
Peteee363.....read the papers, watch the news SEVERAL of his buddys were indicted as well.....Rezko got 10.5 years and others got time as well, one close friend of his committed suicide over the whole mess.....Rod isn't going down alone!!
wanda petrucci December 08, 2011 at 09:47 PM
Peetee363...I'm not suggesting he should not have been punished, and I'm totally okay with the term of his sentence. As I said...couldn't have happened to a nicer guy. The kids (unfortunately) are part of the collateral damage. Yes, he should have been thinking of them before becoming a crook. I just feel badly for them because given the choice, I'm sure they would have opted for a dad that wasn't such a s**thead. Just sayin...
Chris Otis December 09, 2011 at 12:26 AM
Tired of hearing about the SOB. Lock him up now. Why the f
Mike January 16, 2012 at 02:55 PM
It proves that if you have money or political pull of any kind or are a celebrity or especially if you are a convicted politician, you can just take your time to enter the prison system. I can imagine an ordinary citizen allowed to take a few months before going to the home he worked to get in!

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