Chicagoans split over whether Blago sentence was just
December 7, 2011 (CHICAGO) (WLS) -- People on the street in Chicago Wednesday were split on whether former governor Rod Blagojevich deserved his 14-year prison sentence.
One person mentioned that Michael Jackson's doctor received a lighter sentence than Blagojevich.
Blagojevich's sentence quickly became known to the lunchtime crowd at the building where the former governor wheeled and dealed. Some were sympathetic; others were not.
"I think totally he deserves it corruption has always been a problem in Illinois," said Martin Lidaka.
"I thought he was wrongfully convicted and I think that's too much time for the acts that he's alleged to have committed," said James Hammond.
"He deserves it because he took advantage of the people and the taxpayers' money," said Erika Robinson.
"I think he should have been given a lot less, because there's politicians do a lot more and actually take money and don't get any prison time," said Sandra Roberts.
Before leaving the federal court house, Blagojevich said he was going home to explain everything to his 2 daughters. Some Illinoisans say it's hard not to think of the former governor's family.
"I do feel sorry for his family, without a doubt, but he's the one who took it upon myself," said Connie Frontzak.
"Unfortunately, if you break the law, I think it's justified," said Robert Krystyn. "Unfortunately, the ones that are really going to pay the price are the kids and his wife."
Prosecutors hope the price Blagojevich is paying will send a message to others who choose to participate in public corruption.
"Sadly I don't think it's going to deter anyone, but at least it's a start," said Lidaka.
"I would love to see corruption stopped, but I don't know if this is going to send a message or not," said Cory Budach.
"If nothing else it's a continuation - one governor gets six-and-a-half, the next one gets 14, so I'm sure the next person knows they'll probably get at least that or more," said Robinson.
"Somewhere it needs to stop we need some good people in office and Illinois should not be known for corruption," said Octavia Jones.
While many believed that corruption in Illinois will continue, all agreed that they were glad that this saga has ended.
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