Back in the Land of Lincoln

blog_pattibEver since Barack Obama won the presidency, Chicago-style politics, for better or worse, have made Illinois a national laughing stock, even as the Windy City brain-trust of Rahm Emanuel, David Axelrod and President Obama successfully guide the country’s agenda; meanwhile, the fallout from ex-Governor “F-Bomb” Blagojevich’s removal from office took a few new turns in the last week worth noting: First up, Roland Burris, the current junior senator from Illinois, it turns out, won’t face a perjury charges over statements he made to state lawmakers investigating how he got his job; Blago’s former chief fundraiser was sentenced Monday to three years in prison for “hiding the use of his company’s money to pay thousands of dollars in gambling debts and other expenses;” and finally, Blago’s wife Patti, survived another week in the jungle on the NBC reality show I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here after beating out The Hills’ Heidi Montag and former supermodel Janice Dickenson.