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February 05, 2009

The battle over Blago

My colleague Manu Raju examines today whether Rod Blagojevich will continue to play a role in Illinois politics, concluding he could loom large in the 2010 Senate race.

And Blagojevich already has become an issue in the special election for Rahm Emanuel’s old House seat, where the 13 Democratic candidates are all vying to claim the reform mantle.

Cook County Commissioner Mike Quigley, who is campaigning on his record of reform, is attacking state Rep. Sara Feigenholtz for contributing $5,000 Blagojevich for his 2006 re-election bid.

Quigley’s campaign manager Tom Bowen said Feigenholz was part of “Springfield politics as usual” and needs to explain why she donated to Blagojevich “well after it was clear that he was the subject of federal investigations.”

The Quigley campaign's attack came after Feigenholtz tried to tarnish Quigley's own reform credentials by associating him with Cook County Board President Todd Stroger.

Emanuel’s old Fifth District House seat was previously represented by Blagojevich, who served in Congress from 1997-2003.