This summer, former Gov. Rod Blagojevich has been back in the news. Years after he was convicted on corruption charges and began serving a 14-year sentence in prison, a panel of federal appellate judges threw out some of the convictions against him. Blagojevich has asked the full appellate court to hear his case in the hopes they'll vacate his entire conviction.
But that's not what this story is about. Rather, hearing about Blagojevich again reminded me that we in Illinois — especially those of us who spend a lot of time working in the Illinois Statehouse — don't spend enough time thinking about Gov. Blagojevich. And there's a big gaping manifestation of that failure on the second floor of the Capitol.
Lee Enterprises' Springfield Bureau Chief Kurt Erickson, who has written about the missing Blagojevich portrait, joins us to talk about why it's not there and what can be done. I also speak to artist and Illinois College professor Jeff Garland, who painted his own (unofficial) Blagojevich portrait: the triptych "See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil" (PDF):