Does Rod Blagojevich deserve 14 years in prison? John Tillman, CEO of the Illinois Policy Institute said the former governor “got off lucky.” He said the governor cost the state millions of dollars through mismanagement and corruption.
Tillman said he hoped the sentence would send a message to future Illinois politicians that corruption is unacceptable.
As for arguments that Blagojevich got more time than some criminals who kill people, Tillman said the justice system must look at the punishment for violent crimes separately. Viewed in isolation, Tillman said, the Blagojevich sentence sends a message on political corruption.