STATEMENT FROM ATTORNEY GENERAL MADIGAN ON SENTENCING OF
Chicago — Based on his convictions — for numerous crimes he was caught on tape committing during just one six-week period - Blagojevich deserves a lengthy prison sentence. Unfortunately, though, it cannot fix the damage he inflicted on our state over his six years as governor. Blagojevich became governor by promising ethical reform, but from the start, he relentlessly used his position to pursue illegal and morally bankrupt schemes motivated by power and greed. His conduct was disgraceful, and the cost to the state has been devastating. Blagojevich refused to govern responsibly and, instead, put Illinois up for sale. He tarnished the stateís reputation nationally and internationally, and he destroyed the publicís trust in government. May todayís sentence put an end to corruption in the Illinoisí governorís office.