Illinois leaders make statements on commutation of Blagojevich

On Tuesday, Feb. 18, President Donald Trump commuted former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich’s prison sentence. 

In 2012, Blagojevich started a 14 year federal prison sentence that was a result of trying to sell a U.S. Senate seat, as well campaign contribution shakedowns.

“I disagree with President Trump’s decision to commutate the sentence of Rod Blagojevich,” commented State Senator Paul Schimpf. “I am not aware of any expression of remorse or guilt by Inmate Blagojevich. Further, in light of the current ethics crisis in Illinois government involving multiple arrests and ongoing federal investigations, I believe this commutation sends the wrong message to current and potential bad actors.”

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