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Damage to state will outlast former Gov's incarceration

SPRINGFIELD- Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka on Wednesday released the following statement in response to U.S. District Judge James Zagel sentencing former Gov. Rod Blagojevich to 14 years incarceration:

"With his ruling today, Judge Zagel has ensured that the Rod Blagojevich years will end as they should: with the former Governor's incarceration.

"To be clear, I take no joy in seeing any father taken from his children and family for an extended period of time. And yet there is no question in my mind that it is the right decision given the extraordinary damage Blagojevich caused our state, and the importance of sending a clear and unmistakable message that corruption will not be tolerated in our government.

"Rod Blagojevich ran as a reformer and proved to be worse than anything that came before him. His reckless and self-serving handling of state finances has put Illinois billions of dollars in the hole, and ensured that it will operate at a deficit for years to come. His rampant corruption in mixing money, politics and government service undermined our system and further jaded an already-cynical public. And his refusal to accept any responsibility for his actions, while mocking his prosecution in his many media interviews, once again made Illinois and its government a national joke.

"The former Governor will now have plenty of time to consider his performance over these years, and quietly assess the consequences of his actions. It may seem like an eternity to him, but in truth, the damage he has caused to our state will far outlast any prison sentence he will serve."


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