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LaHood: Commuting Blagojevich sentence would send "wrong message" about Illinois corruption

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Senator Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) says he supports the idea of commuting former Governor Rod Blagojevich’s sentence.

Last week, President Donald Trump told reporters that he was considering commuting Blagojevich’s 14-year prison sentence, along with pardoning Martha Stewart.

Durbin made the comments Monday, after announcing legislation to protect on-line privacy for children.

I thought the sentence was outrageous. If there is a way to reduce that sentence for him and his family,y I would support it,” said Durbin.

But U.S. Rep. Darin LaHood (R-Peoria) has a different take.

"There was nothing alleged in any of the court processes that said this was not done the right way and you know we have a real problem with public corruption in the state of Illinois. This would send the wrong message,” said LaHood, a former federal prosecutor.

Blagojevich was convicted of trying to sell the Senate seat vacated by President Barack Obama.  

President Trump told reporters last week the fallen Democrat's punishment was overly harsh for what he described as a “foolish statement.”

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