Did indicted Illinois governor skip online ethics training that he mandated for all state employees?

Dennis Baron DEBARON at ILLINOIS.EDU
Wed Dec 10 08:04:30 UTC 2008


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Did indicted Illinois governor skip online ethics training that he  
mandated for all state employees?

In 2003, Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich ordered mandatory online  
ethics training for all state employees. Illinois had a reputation for  
being a politically corrupt state, and Blagojevich was determined to  
put an end to that. He told USA Today, "To truly change the culture in  
state government, we need to ensure that everyone involved – from the  
elected officials down to the mailroom clerks – understands what the  
rules are and how they apply to our work as employees of the public."

But apparently, the governor forgot to take the ethics training  
himself. That's why FBI agents arrested Blago on Dec. 9 for trying to  
sell the Senate seat vacated by president-elect Barack Obama and other  
acts of political corruption. According to  Patrick J. Fitzgerald,  
U.S. Attorney for Northern Illinois (the same federal prosecutor who  
convicted Bushie Scooter Libby in the Valerie Plame affair, while  
letting Karl Rove off the hook), Blagojevich's actions "would make  
Lincoln roll over in his grave."

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Dennis Baron
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Department of English
University of Illinois
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Urbana, IL 61801

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