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December 5, 2008
The bell is tolling for IL Governor Blagojevich
It's all over but the weeping for the corrupt governor of Illinois. The Chicago Tribune is reporting that Governor Rod Blagojevich's most trusted advisor and friend wore a wiretap authorized by a federal judge in the ongoing corruption investigation of the governor's office and related wrongdoing:
Federal investigators recently made covert tape recordings of Gov. Rod Blagojevich in the most dramatic step yet in their corruption investigation of him and his administration, the Tribune has learned.If Blagojevich didn't spill the beans to Wyma, I would be very surprised. You know that Wyma got considerations by wearing a wire to a meeting with Governor Blago. No doubt he tried to steer the conversation to something juicy - and had Blagojevich convicting himself out of his own mouth.
As part of this undercover effort, one of the governor's closest confidants and former aides cooperated with investigators, and that assistance helped lead to recordings of the governor and others, sources said.
The cooperation of John Wyma, 42, one of the state's most influential lobbyists, is the most stunning evidence yet that Blagojevich's once-tight inner circle appears to be collapsing under the pressure of myriad pay-to-play inquiries.
Wyma, Blagojevich's chief of staff when he was in Congress, has long been one of the few advisers trusted by Blagojevich and kept in the loop on matters of policy and politics. As the federal probe intensified, Wyma met privately with the governor and his former chief of staff at the governor's campaign headquarters on the North Side for 90 minutes on Oct. 22.
Confronted outside that meeting, Wyma declined to talk to Tribune reporters about what the meeting was about before jumping into his car. The next day, the Tribune was the first to report that Wyma's name appeared in a federal subpoena delivered to Provena Health, a former client of his.
The governor is set to name a replacement for Obama's senate seat any day. It very well may be one of his last official acts as the pressure for him to resign is growing stronger all the time.
What a corrupt cesspool Illinois politics is.