Barring something unexpected, this will be my final Blago post of 2009.
It's hard to believe, but it has been almost three years since Barack Obama announced his entry in the 2008 presidential race in front of Springfield's Old State Capitol--pictured on the right.
A few days before the Red Sea parted to accommodate him, three staffers for since-disgraced Governor Rod Blagojevich wrote a dripping press release in which the hair-brained one endorsed Obama.
But state resources were used for that presser, which has led the Illinois Ethics Commission (Yes, we really have one of those) to fine one of them $1,500. The other two are just $1,000 lighter for their effort.
Blago's trial will be one of the major stories of 2010.
Happy New Year!
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