Local news blogging: Blagojevich elevates celeb status to scummy

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Impeached governor of Illinois, Rod Blagojevich, celebrity for all the scummy reasons, will be allowed to appear on Donald Trump’s Celebrity Apprentice after a judge in his federal trial raised no objection Tuesday. Prosecutors said they were worried the loose-lipped Blagojevich would jeopardize jury opinion in his trial set to start in June.

The show will tape next week and probably air sometime around when his trial begins next year.

Meanwhile the prosecution’s case against Blagojevich continues to grow as his former chief of staff, Alonzo “Lon” Monk, agreed this week to testify against his former boss as a part of a plea agreement. Monk joins another former Blagojevich chief of staff set to testify in the federal case.

Illinois blogs comment on the latest Blagojevich news, speculate about his sleazy term, and analyze state 2010 election races in Blago’s shadow:

Illinois Issues Blog: More on Monk.

“Monk, of Park Ridge, was Blagojevich’s former law school roommate, his general counsel when in Congress, his first chief of staff when he became governor in 2003, his campaign manager in his 2002 and 2006 gubernatorial bids and, most recently, a lobbyist. One of Monk’s clients included a horse racetrack owner, reportedly John Johnston.

“Monk’s guilty plea pertains to a scheme in November to December 2008 to pressure Johnston to raise $100,000 for Blagojevich’s political campaign.”

The Capitol Fax Blog:

“’He has a history of repeatedly commenting on the evidence - usually inaccurately,’ said Assistant U.S. Attorney Reid Schar. He said Blagojevich’s comments could taint the jury pool by mentioning evidence or talking about the possible length of the trial.”

Change of Subject: The nerve of Rod Blagojevich.

“Every so often I record former Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s noon-2 p.m. Sunday radio rant on WLS AM 890 to see what odd thing he’s saying.  I was rewarded last Sunday by the following exchange…”

Second City Cop draws the map connecting the Blagojevich administration to an infamous strip club mogul, and Chicago mafia.

Backyard Conservative: Blago a gentleman in private?

Marathon Pundit: Blagojevich union interests defeated in Illinois.

“Rod Blagojevich and Patrick Quinn tried to swindle thousands of home health care workers—as well as the 13 million people of Illinois by having a government-workers union, either SEIU or AFSCME represent state-subsidized home health care workers.

“Most of these people were caring for family members. What was in it for the unions? More dues money to advance their political agenda.”

Chicago Argus: State Dems may escape Blagojevich shaddow in 2010.

Backyard Conservative: BlagObama jobs machine.

The Capitol Fax Blog: Yet another Blagojevich link to Cheryle Jackson.

Gov. Pat Quinn launches campaign.

Quote of the Day:

“Blago’s trial is expected to begin in June—which will give the Illinois Democratic Party numerous headaches because of its proximity to the 2010 elections.”

- Marathon Pundit

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