Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich has been sentenced to 14 year in prison and now he must prepare his family for his departure. The former governor must report to his new federal prison home in 71-days (February 16) at which time his corruption sentence will begin.
In his last days Rod is expected to put his financial life in order, spend time with his wife and two young daughters at Christmas and tie up loose ends.
If Blagojevich serves his entire sentence his daughter Amy will be 29-years-old when he’s releases and daughter Annie will be 22-years-old.
Judge James Zagel sentenced Blagojevich on Wendesday after he was found guilty on 18 counts of corruption, including one case in which he attempted to sell the vacant Senate seat of President Barack Obama in 2007.
After what the Blagojevich family called a financially devastating court case they have been forced to place their $1.07 million home on the open market for thousands of dollars less than originally planned in the hope of selling the home before the former Governor must report to prison.
The former Governor will also want to make sure his wife has power of attorney over all financial transactions and will basically transfer everything to her control.
In the last four decades Illinois has sent four Illinois governors to prison while two others were charged and then later acquitted of their crimes, perhaps a 14-year prison term will finally send a message to Illinois politicians that there are consequences for their actions, then again as a resident of Illinois I’ll say probably not.
Do you think Rod Blagojevich’s crimes of corruption warrant 14-years behind bars?