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For Immediate Release

Georgia Logothetis, Common Cause Illinois or 312-372-2422

Jay Riestenberg, Common Cause or 202-736-5741

Common Cause Illinois: By Commuting Blagojevich's Sentence, Trump Once Again Swims in the Swamp He Promised to Drain

Statement by Common Cause Illinois Executive Director Jay Young


"While former Governor Rod Blagojevich will get to walk free, Illinois is still being held prisoner to the consequences of his long record of corruption, bribery, and abuse of power. President Trump's commutation of Blagojevich's sentence is the latest action by a lawless president to undermine ethics and accountability in our government. This decision is wrong and deprives the people of Illinois the justice they deserve. After consistently ignoring our nation's ethics norms and laws for the last three years, President Trump has now chosen to side with the long line of Illinois politicians that have been imprisoned or had their careers ended due to corruption."

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