For Immediate Release Common Cause Illinois Statement on Blagojevich Ruling

Posted on July 21, 2015

CHICAGO, (July 21, 2015) – Common Cause Illinois (CCIL) incoming Executive Director Brian Gladstein released the following statement today in response to the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago ruling which dismissed five of the 18 counts Blagojevich was convicted of in 2011.

“Logrolling may not be illegal but it certainly is unethical. In a state that has been mired with corruption and back room deals, we need to aspire to a political culture that breaks down voter disenfranchisement and special interest control.”

”For too long the people of Illinois have been victims of ineffective and inefficient government that has resulted in crumbling schools, poor healthcare, and high unemployment.”

“I hope that the ruling today is a reminder to everyone that we need ethical elected officials that work for the people to solve our state’s important problems. And we need this now more than ever as we are in the midst of a grave fiscal crisis in Springfield and in communities across our state.”

Common Cause is a nonpartisan grassroots organization dedicated to upholding the core values of American democracy. We work to create open, honest, and accountable government that serves the public interest; promote equal rights, opportunity, and representation for all; and empower all people to make their voices heard in the political process.

Office: Common Cause Illinois, Common Cause National

Issues: Ethics and Transparency, Money in Politics, Money in Politics, Ethics

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