Mt. Vernon Register-News

June 1, 2010

Our View: Hoping this can be the final chapter

MT. VERNON — In the 18 months since then-Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich was arrested by Federal Bureau of Investigation agents on corruption charges — and eventually ousted from office by state lawmakers — the former governor has continued to make the media rounds. He has appeared on morning television and radio programs, evening talk shows, on a reality television show and even as an Elvis impersonator.

On Thursday, a different Blagojevich will likely be seen as he begins his trial on the charges that include allegations he attempted to sell the United States Senate seat vacated by Pres. Barack Obama upon election to the Oval Office.

Through Blagojevich and his tireless antics, Illinois has again taken a black eye for its political indiscretions. Hopefully the trial scheduled to start this week will be the first few words of an embarrassing final chapter of this particular instance.