June 27, 2011
State Senator Bill Brady (R., Bloomington) issued the following statement on the conviction of former Governor Rod Blagojevich on 17 counts of wire fraud, extortion and bribery.
“I believe our state will grow stronger as a result of the conviction of Rod Blagojevich today. Rod Blagojevich abused the office of Governor and made every attempt to capitalize on his public office for personal and political benefit.
“His overwhelming conviction today should serve as yet another reminder that public officials are in office to serve the public and not their own personal interests and ambitions. We have made some progress in ending pay-to-play politics in Illinois, but the decision today underscores the need for us in government to continue our work to earn the trust and confidence of our citizens.”