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.