As we all know, Gov Rod Blagojevich was arrested on federal corruption charges and then later impeached and removed from service. What many people may not be aware of however, is how gambling has lead to these allegations. The Olympian, a local Washington paper, has explained how gambling is behind the alleged “pay to play” actions which have lead to the impeachment of Blagojevic:
A 76-page FBI affidavit released Tuesday reported that wiretaps captured recent telephone conversations Blagojevich had with fundraisers and lobbyists. According to the affidavit, phone calls recorded Nov. 13 and Dec. 3 revealed that a lobbyist told Blagojevich that a contributor needed to make a contribution before questions were raised over the timing of the contribution and the governor signing a bill that would benefit the contributor.
That bill is believed to be the one that would pump millions into the state horse racing industry. The legislation passed the Illinois House and Senate two weeks ago and has been sitting on Blagojevich’s desk, awaiting his signature.