State Rep. Mike Tryon has issued the following statement about former Governor Rod Blagojevich’s conviction for lying to the FBI:
Crystal Lake…..Today, former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich was found guilty of making false statements to the FBI, a felony punishable by five years in prison, but the jury could not reach consensus on the 23 other counts against him.
While I am pleased with the jury’s verdict on the false statements count, I am disappointed that they were not able to reach consensus on the other charges against Blagojevich.
The people of Illinois want closure on this issue, and they want a definitive ruling on all 24 counts that were brought against the former governor. To that end, I am pleased to hear that the prosecution intends to retry the former governor on the remaining 23 counts.
Corruption by this Democrat Governor was unlike anything we have ever seen in Illinois.
Not only was he corrupt, but recordings in his own voice paint the picture of a man disdainful of the position he held and of the people he was elected to serve.
And while the jury did not come back with guilty verdicts on all counts, the fact is that Rod Blagojevich has been found guilty of making false statements to the FBI and he will go down in the history books as a convicted felon.