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Jeff Lampe
Jeff Lampe

Jeff Lampe has been outdoor writer at the Journal Star in Peoria for 12 duck seasons. He lives in Elmwood with his wife Monica, sons Henry, Victor and Walter, and Llewellin setter Hawkeye. A native of Buffalo, N.Y., he is an avid fan of the Bills and still has mental scars from four consecutive Super Bowl losses. Outside of hunting and fishing, Lampe's main passion in Illinois was Class A boys basketball (which sadly no longer exists). Former publisher of the Class A Weekly newsletter, Lampe is a co-author of "100 Years of Madness" and "Classical Madness," both books focusing on prep basketball in Illinois.

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A Web log by Jeff Lampe of the Journal Star

Celebrating a crook getting caught

December 09, 2008 at 10:17 AM

Only in Illinois.

Only in Illinois could news that yet another governor has been busted as a crook prompt people to celebrate. Myself, I feel like popping open some champagne. I woke up depressed that the rain had convinced me to not go goose hunting. Then the news broke. What great news. Gov. Blagojevich is finally exposed to the world as the crook we all knew he was.

Even typing that makes me shake my head, though.

How sad is the state of politics in Illinois? We’re now two-for-two with our last two governors. What a horrible track record. What hope can we have to get out of this?

But that’s stuff to ponder another day. The e-mail chain today is so joyous, so filled with funny message lines that I don’t want to rain on the party. There’s a sense of hope again, even though there’s no more money for the budget and we are still saddled with a few hundred other corrupt politicians.

Maybe, finally, here is something that will wipe the smirk off Blagojevich’s face. Dare we hope it might even muss that hair?

As for me, I’m going to skip the champagne and go plant some Indian grass seeds. This is a good rain today, after all.



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