Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, a Democrat who was impeached in January 2009, is behind bars for corruption after getting caught performing politics “the Chicago way,” is asking fellow Democrat and former Illinois senator, President Obama, to commute his sentence from prison.
Blagojevich, who in 2011 was found guilty of 17 charges, including wire fraud, attempted extortion and conspiracy to solicit bribes (the Chicago way), is appealing to his fellow Chicagoan to commute his sentence originally scheduled to last for 14 years after he was sentenced in December 2011, meaning that he is currently scheduled to be in prison until May 2024.
ABC News reported on Friday that the U.S. Department of Justice, headed by Loretta Lynch, confirmed the request but refused to provide additional details or reveal the degree to which the commutation is being considered by the Obama regime. ABC reports that the request comes four months after a federal judge reinstated Rod Blagojevich’s 14-year sentence.
The highly publicized case showed the Chicago politician of scheming to what was essentially an attempt to sell the appointment of Obama’s prior U.S. Senate seat, plotting to extort the Chicago Tribune into firing certain members of its editorial board and for planning a pay for play arrangement in which Blago (as he is known for short) would sign a gambling bill in exchange for a campaign contribution.
Both Chicago and Illinois are legendary for developing corrupt politicians, almost all Democrats, hence the term, “the Chicago way.” For example, in 2013, there were 45 convictions for political corruption and as of 2013, four out of the last seven Illinois governors went to prison.