IL GOP asks Trump not to pardon former Gov. Blagojevich

When Donald Trump mentioned last week that he was thinking of pardoning disgraced Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich, it stirred up a political hornet's nest among the state's Republican Party. Blagojevich was convicted on 17 counts relating to the sale of the Senate seat being vacated by Barack Obama when he won the presidency and other "pay to play" schemes.  Even for Illinois, Blago's corruption was epic.  But it is current politics that makes any pardon of the former governor problematic. The state's Republican House delegation sent a letter to the president asking him not to pardon Blagojevich because it would "set a detrimental precedent" and damage efforts to combat public corruption.  But the Republicans' real agenda has more to do with the race between GOP governor Bruce Rauner and billionaire hedge fund manager J.B. Pritzker. The state GOP has been trying to tie Pritzker to the corrupt...(Read Full Post)