Gov. remains silent for 2nd day

Chicago Tribune subpoenaed
December 11, 2008 9:03:40 PM PST
Blagojevich spent most of his day again at work inside the Thompson Center as calls for him to resign get louder by the day.Governor Rod Blagojevich remained silent on Thursday. While Blagojevich did not make any public comments, ABC7 spoke to his spokesman.

"I can tell you his mood today in the office. He was upbeat, positive. I think he is trying to impart that for the staff and to let people know that we have to keep continuing to do our jobs regardless of what's going on around here," said Lucio Guerrero, spokesperson.

The sentiments of Illinois citizens appear to be quite different. A recent poll shows that the governor has only an 8 percent approval rating and that 70 percent of those polled want the governor to resign.

Governor Blagojevich's day

Governor Blagojevich, along with his wife and children, left their Ravenswood home on Thursday morning without making any comments.

For a second day, the governor has avoided talking to reporters near his home or at work. His spokesman says he has spent the day at the Thompson Center, working on the state budget.

It's been two days since the feds accused Blagojevich of trying to sell off Barack Obama's empty senate seat.

According to Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn - who held a news conference in Springfield on Thursday - the governor's criminal charges are affecting the state's financial status, like its bond rating. And because of that, Quinn, among others, is again asking the governor to step down.

"Our state has been put on a credit watch, a negative credit watch. We're borrowing $1.4 million to help pay down the enormous debts Illinois has," said Quinn.

The potential fiscal crisis may add a new twist in a political drama that is unfolding before the nation. The lieutenant governor said Illinois citizens must be the priority.

"When you in public life at a statewide level have no confidence from the people in a democracy there is no where else to go but resign or step aside," said Quinn.

At the Thompson Center, other state politicians are voicing their agreement that Blagojevich must go.

"I do believe that he should step down so that the functions of government can move forward, said Jesse White, Il. Secretary of State.

And even though the lt. governor says he still recognizes that, officially, Blagojevich is in charge. He wants citizens to have hope and he used Barack Obama and Abraham Lincoln as political examples to follow during rough times.

"It's important that all of us in Illinois band together in the best traditions of Abraham Lincoln's democracy. He believed in government of the people and by the people and for the people." said Quinn.

There are two fiscal issues to follow in the upcoming days: first of all, Illinois' bond rating and whether or not that will be downgraded. Also, the state is postponing a $1.4 billion debt offering that was supposed to happen on Thursday. That has been postponed.

As far as the investigation goes, ABC7 has learned that the Chicago Tribune has received subpoenas. Not only is the governor accused of trying to put up the senate seat for sale, but also trying to get some members of the Chicago Tribune's editorial board fired.


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