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With Open Arms

By Amy Hart in News on Oct 27, 2005 3:52PM


Not only has Journey’s Steve Perry been an inspiration to your World Champion White Sox, but now apparently Governor Blagojevich is taking a cue from the crooner’s sweet stylings.

A federal investigation seeking to examine the hiring practices of Blago’s hiring practices is under way, and Blagojevich said yesterday that he welcomes the investigation because he has done nothing wrong, and wants to prove it to the good people of Illinois.

In other words, “So now I come to you, with open arms, nothing to hide, believe what I say.”

Blagojevich went on to add that qualifications always trump clout when his office places people in state government posts.

When confronted with accusations that he has not really ended business as usual in Springfield as promised, he replied:

I would argue forcefully that we've done just the opposite, that state government operates a lot more honestly today, that it operates a lot more efficiently today, that there's a lot less political influence in state government today than before, than even in the last generation.

Subpoenas requesting personnel records from the Illinois Department of Transportation and the Department of Children and Family Services were served to the governor’s office this week, although a spokesperson for US Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald (wow, is that guy busy or what?) refused to comment on the subpoenas.

Image courtesy of Chicago Reporter.