It's 'All in the Family' in Chicago politics

Patricia (Patti) Mell Blagojevich, otherwise known as the First Lady of Illinois by virtue of her husband, Governor Rod Blagojevich (D), admitted in a recent soft profile in Chicago Parent Magazine, All About the Children, what she doesn't want for her two daughters ages 5 and 12.  "I don't want to see them go into politics. It's a rough-and-tumble life. Politics in Chicago is like a blood sport,'' says Blagojevich, 43, daughter of longtime Chicago Alderman Richard Mell and wife, since 1990, of Gov. Rod Blagojevich. "It's mean,'' she says of the political arena. "It's not really anything you want your kids to get involved in. We do a lot of good things for people, but sometimes the cost is too high.''  Some of the "good things for people" included   In 2005, Illinois, with the first lady as spokeswoman, became the first state in the nation to offer "All Kids,'' described as an affordable, comprehensive health...(Read Full Post)