ABC 7 Chicago's Chuck Goudie did some fine reporting this evening about Gov. Rod Blagojevich and his money problems. Blago makes $177,000 a year. One of the benefits of being governor is free use of the Executive Mansion in Springfield. But he won't live there, claiming family concerns, although Patti Blagojevich's real estate business--much of it with convicted swindler Antoin "Tony" Rezko, may have kept Illinois' first couple living on Chicago's Northwest Side.
Goudie looks at Blago's income, and pairs it with the family's mortgages on their Chicago house, the condo they still own from Blagojevich's days as a congressman, as well as the governor's significant legal expenses, and it's pretty easy to see why the foul-mouthed couple is hurting for money.
Here's some more Illinois irony: As Bill Baar pointed out in his blog in October, the Blagojeviches could have lived for free in Springfield for the last six years.
It's open for tours three days a week, but since Blago became governor, the mansion, pictured above, sits empty. But not this week. Goudie reports that Ed Genson, the governor's attorney, stayed in the mansion while he was at the capitol defending Blagojevich.
I'm sure there were plenty of vacant hotel rooms in Springfield this week.
Thirty hours in Lincoln's Springfield, Illinois
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