Ousted Illinois governor debuts as radio host

March 26th, 2009 - 12:53 pm ICT by IANS  

Rod Blagojevich Chicago, March 26 (Xinhua) Ousted Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich, who was accused of trying to sell US President Barack Obama’s senator seat, hit Chicago’s air waves with his first gig as a radio talk show host.
Hosting a morning programme on the local WLS 890-AM Wednesday, Blagojevich took calls and had celebrity guests on the phone. And whenever he had a chance, he sharply criticised current Governor Pat Quinn and other elected officials.

Blagojevich reiterated his belief that he was ousted from office by an effort led by House Speaker Mike Madigan, who he said was working in cahoots with current Governor Pat Quinn to raise the state income tax.

Blagojevich said now is the worst time to be increasing taxes on residents because the economy is in such poor shape. Federal prosecutors could file an indictment against the former governor in the next few weeks.

As Blagojevich left the studio, he waved to crowds gathered on the street. One man told him he was right about property taxes being raised.

Blagojevich was arrested in December last year by Federal Bureau of Investigation agents for what US Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald called a “staggering” level of corruption involving pay-to-play politics in Illinois’ top office. But he was bailed out a day after his arrest. He was impeached by state lawmakers in January.

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