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TALKING POINTS: Sorry, Governor

Jim French
Jim French

You no doubt read about former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s appeals of his corruption conviction and 14-year federal prison sentence.

The U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear the case last week and it appears the former governor will finish the time for the crime, unless President Trump considers a commutation of his sentence or an outright pardon.

No doubt there are some who feel sorry for him considering a few other former Illinois officials have probably done less time and others might have escaped prosecution altogether.

Maybe some of our former Illinois citizens who fled to Colorado because of all the corruption and high taxes in their native state could visit Blagojevich in prison or drop him a line and thank him personally for his part in leading the way to a better life?


“Quite a backup at the traffic lights north of Utica … cars and trucks on westbound Interstate 80 are backed up all the way to Morris, because of traffic bound for Starved Rock State Park.”

An exaggeration to be sure, but it was nice to hear last week that transportation officials are working on timing the lights at the Illinois Route 178 and U.S. Route 6 intersection for the peak traffic season.

That intersection can be a pain for impatient motorists headed in any direction even with light traffic.

Other state officials are also reportedly working on issues related to the large crowds that visit our local state parks.

That’s what they get the big bucks for.


You really thought you could use a free social media service to share your life with all your friends and family members, including sometimes intimate stuff that many of them don’t want to see or care about in complete privacy?

Facebook and other social media platforms are businesses and they sell a product and that can include details about you, one of their users.

Should social media be tightly regulated?

Maybe, just don’t mess with the First Amendment.


Finally! In go the snow blowers and here come the mowers.

Never thought we’d see green grass again. Couldn’t wait to get outside and rev the old mower up at least once every three days.

Wonder if any lawn mower manufacturer makes them with heated handles or heated seats and steering wheels on rider models?

JIM FRENCH, of Ottawa, is retired after 43 years in radio broadcasting, including 33 in Ottawa. You can reach him through The Times by emailing

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