Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Can He Sign Autism Legislation in His Prison Cell?

Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich was arrested today on federal corruption charges. It wasn't enough that he had sole power to appoint a replacement for President-elect Obama's Senate seat -- he also wanted to profit financially from it. Apparently, in a secretly taped conversation, he called the Senate seat "a bleeping valuable thing. You just don't give it away....I've got this thing and it's bleeping golden."

Will he resign? Will he be impeached? At this point, no one knows.

The real question is why should YOU care? You may remember that shortly before Thanksgiving, the Illinois legislature sent a bill to the governor to require insurance companies to cover autism diagnosis and treatment up to $36,000 a year -- benefiting about 4,500 families in the state. The governor's office said he supported the legislation and planned to sign it. With the governor tending to personal matters he brought on himself, I don't care whose name is on the bill -- I just want it to be enacted as soon as possible.

I assume the governor wasn't reading all of his mail himself anyway, so please take a moment to express your support for the legislation through Autism Votes.

If you care, read some of the gory details about what federal officials have called a "political corruption crime spree."
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