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Jay Hoffman and Ron Stephens react to Blagojevich verdict

Two local Illinois state representatives have issued their reactions to Tuesday's verdict in the corruption trial of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich. Jay Hoffman is known as a longtime ally of Blagojevich; Ron Stephens is a longtime critic. Both voted to impeach Blagojevich in January 2009.

Rep. Jay Hoffman, D-Collinsville:

"The trial process is complete, the jury has spoken and we should respect their decision. It is now up to the prosecution to determine the next step. When I talked [to] the people of Illinois they want us to do our job, move forward, get our fiscal house in order and create jobs and opportunities for people."

Rep. Ron Stephens, R-Greenville:

"I am not surprised the nightmare of Rod Blagojevich continues to plague our state. Until that nightmare is over, we're forced to continue to be a national embarrassment and a symbol of political corruption."

This article originally appeared in the St. Louis Beacon.

Mary Delach Leonard is a veteran journalist who joined the St. Louis Beacon staff in April 2008 after a 17-year career at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, where she was a reporter and an editor in the features section. Her work has been cited for awards by the Missouri Associated Press Managing Editors, the Missouri Press Association and the Illinois Press Association. In 2010, the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis honored her with a Spirit of Justice Award in recognition of her work on the housing crisis. Leonard began her newspaper career at the Belleville News-Democrat after earning a degree in mass communications from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, where she now serves as an adjunct faculty member. She is partial to pomeranians and Cardinals.