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From the Illinois GOP…

The Illinois Republican Party has launched a comprehensive web site to follow the trial of former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich. “The Blago Files” will be updated regularly with summaries of the court proceedings and links to the vast news coverage expected over the next several weeks.

We are looking forward to helping Illinois voters keep up with all of the testimony. The trial will put the spotlight right where it belongs: on the corruption that’s been allowed to fester far too long under Democratic Party control in Illinois.

Jury selection begins today at the Dirksen Federal Building in Chicago, with opening statements expected as early as Monday. The voters will learn the sordid details of how Blagojevich schemed and plotted against a backdrop of pay-to-play politics.

Let’s not forget, Blagojevich tried to extort a children’s hospital when he maneuvered to bring in a donation from the head of Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago in exchange for higher Medicaid reimbursement rates.

Blagojevich faces numerous corruption charges, including attempting to sell the U.S. Senate seat left vacant when Barack Obama became President. Among the evidence, prosecutors are expected to play recorded telephone conversations involving Blagojevich allegedly discussing ways he could benefit financially from his Senate appointment. After the charges became public, Blagojevich named Roland Burris to the post.

It’s a sad story, but one that unfortunately needs to be told so we can fix our state. Part of that is bringing two-party control back to Springfield.

The new web site can be viewed at You will be able to sign up for regular email updates and other announcements about the trial.

Check it out and sign up today!

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