Shocking. A Chicago politician indicted for corruption charges.
U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald is giving a press conference at this very moment, detailing charges against Democratic Governor Rod Blagojevich and his chief of staff regarding, among other issues, an alleged plot to sell the vacated Senate seat held by President-soon-to-be-elect Barack Obama.
Among the favors prosecutors say the governor hoped to gain were campaign contributions, a job for his wife and a federal appointment; either a cabinet post or ambassadorship.
Fitzgerald is bending over backwards to remind reporters - and the public - not to assume other individuals, who will be mentioned as news of this is fully understood, are guilty.
Obviously this is directed towards Obama, who appoints ambassadors and members of the cabinet. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. has also had his name brought into the case.
Of concern to journalists, is an allegation that Blagojevich attempt to blackmail the Chicago Tribune, forestalling the media giant's sale of Wrigley Field, in an effort to get editors fired who have been critical of his policies.
Update: Fitzgerald stated during his press conference that a search warrant has been issued to the offices of the Illinois Lt. Governor, Pat Quinn. Interestingly, the Lt. Governor's website, www.standingupforillinois.org, is down as of 10:10 a.m. PST.