Ryan won praise from death penalty opponents, and was nominated for the 2005 Nobel Peace Prize. Many conservatives, though, were opposed to the decision, and some questioned the motives behind the commutations, which came as a federal corruption investigation closed in on the governor and his closest political allies. Conservative columnist Pat Buchanan called Ryan "pathetic", and suggested that the governor was attempting to save his public image in hopes of avoiding prison himself.
Call me a cynic but now Rod Blagojevich has to tweak his image after a Federal Judge identified him as "public offical A".
In today's Tribune;
After meeting with Northern Illinois University leaders, Gov. Rod Blagojevich asked state lawmakers Wednesday to spend $40 million to raze the lecture hall where five students were fatally shot on Valentine's Day and replace it with a new classroom and memorial building.
The governor's request immediately brought a mixture of kudos and skepticism from lawmakers, some of whom questioned whether taxpayers should bear the financial burden of physically erasing the scene of the tragedy.
This is something that should be left to the alumni of NIU to build an appropriate memorial. I feel for the families of the dead and injured, I feel for those who had to witness the cowardly act that was perpetrated that day. At the risk of sounding callous I don't feel this is an appropriate use of state funds and I believe this is just a political stunt by a shameless politician to improve his public image.