Stunned, saddened, but not surprised. That's how many Illinois residents reacted to news that the FBI had arrested Gov. Rod Blagojevich on December 9. Despite the state's pride in "Honest Abe," Illinois has earned a reputation for dishonest dealings. Chicago politics gave us "vote early, vote often" in 1960 when John F. Kennedy won the presidency with the help of a controversial, narrow victory in Illinois. George Ryan, the governor who preceded Blagojevich, is already in jail following a corruption scandal. It didn't surprise Illinois residents when Sen. Dick Durbin, a Democrat, asked President Bush to pardon Ryan, a Republican. Partisanship takes a back seat in this state to the unseemly privileges of power.
Illinoisans in the theological blogosphere registered their stunned, saddened responses to the Blagojevich news. "The corruption in Chicago politics is staggering," Justin Taylor wrote at Between Two Worlds. "I'm grateful for [U.S. Attorney Patrick] Fitzgerald's labors, and pray that ...1