|Lincoln museum cornerstone|
Although the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield didn't open until 2005, then-Governor George Ryan, sensing that his reputation would soon be in ruins, hurriedly-presided over the dedication of the library three years prior.
Ryan, a Republican, is presently the lesser-known of the two former Illinois governors serving a prison sentence.
Of course Rod Blagojevich, his Democratic successor, had a flair for self-promotion that certainly got his name out--which probably hurt him when sentencing time came.
|Marathon Pundit to the right of Lincoln|
Today Cellini's lawyers asked for probation for him, citing the poor health of 77 year-old who schemed with Blago cronies such as Tony Rezko. Of course Rezko, who is also currently doing time, was Obama's first political sponsor.
Oh, there is another Lincoln tie-in here. Cellini's wife, Julie, spearheaded the Lincoln Library and Museum project. Inside the library, visitors can visit Ask Mr. Lincoln, Presented by Julie and Bill Cellini. Yep, Honest Abe, brought to you by a convicted felon and his wife.
Does George Washington have to endures these indignities in Virginia?
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