Greising: Blagojevich May Walk, but His Cell Could Be Filled by Other Illinois Politicians

The feds are busy tackling Illinois corruption, trying to connect their dots to House Speaker Michael Madigan.

Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich arrives at the Dirksen Federal building for a hearing April 21, 2009 in Chicago, Illinois. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

BGA President David Greising writes every other week for the Chicago Tribune Opinion section.

When President Donald Trump revealed on Wednesday he may commute the 14-year prison sentence of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, it made a certain sort of twisted sense.

With all the Illinois politicians under investigation or indicted right now, perhaps the federal penitentiaries are running out of room.

Move out, Blago. State Sen. Tom Cullerton, D-Villa Park, might need that bunk.

The curious case of Cullerton, the former Hostess truck driver now facing embezzlement charges, shows just how fast the seemingly straight can twist into pretzels of alleged perfidy. Before he was indicted last week, Cullerton had the look of a politician on the rise — with a knack for jumping on high-profile political issues in order to do some good, for the state and for himself.

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