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From the Chicago Tribune, March 8, 2005:
On pace to be the most prolific political fundraiser in Illinois history, Gov. Rod Blagojevich on Monday pledged to rein in the excesses of campaign finance with soon-to-be-introduced reforms that would “rock the system in Springfield.”
Blagojevich has pushed broad ethics reforms and has repeatedly stressed his desire to change the political culture of state government…He said he hopes to introduce legislation within a few weeks and said, if passed, it would “change fundamentally the way campaign dollars are raised in the state of Illinois.”
And this from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, November 6, 2002:
Rod Blagojevich, the son of a Yugoslav immigrant steelworker, on Tuesday was elected Illinois’ first Democratic governor in 26 years. Blagojevich, 45, a Chicago-based congressman, was winning with about 55 percent to 43 percent statewide over the Republican nominee, Illinois Attorney General Jim Ryan.
“My heart is full tonight,” Blagojevich told a boisterous crowd of supporters at a north side steel factory where his late father once worked. Blagojevich said the election represents “a bipartisan call to action.” But he also reiterated a central theme of his campaign: That a generation of Republican control is responsible for the corruption and ethics scandals that have rocked Illinois.
“Tonight, ladies and gentlemen, Illinois has voted for a change,” Blagojevich said.
More from Ken Silverstein:
Perspective — October 23, 2013, 8:00 am
How pro-oil Louisiana politicians have shaped American environmental policy
Postcard — October 16, 2013, 8:00 am
A trip to one of the properties at issue in Louisiana’s oil-pollution lawsuits
Estimated total calories members of Congress burned giving Bush’s 2002 State of the Union standing ovations:
A fertility scientist named Panayiotis Zavos announced that he had created human-cow embryos that were theoretically viable, but denied that he planned to allow such a hybrid to be implanted in a woman’s womb. “We are not trying to create monsters,” he said.
A statistician determined that the five most common first names among New York City taxi drivers are Md, Mohammad, Mohammed, Muhammad, and Mohamed.
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