Updated: June 24, 2011 12:22AM
Expletive-laden conversations secretly caught on tape.
Explosive allegations of attempts to sell a U.S. Senate seat and shake down a children’s hospital.
And a narcissistic former governor at the center of it all who defiantly proclaimed his innocence to anyone who would listen.
The first corruption trial of Rod Blagojevich kept us riveted from the very beginning.
Every detail, from Blagojevich’s musings on becoming an ambassador to India to his alleged attempts to dodge his budget director by hiding in the bathroom, was something to talk about.
The sequel, on the other hand, has been more like background noise to many Illinois residents.
Much of that, of course, is because there’s little new to chew over. We’ve already heard the tapes, we already knew what the prosecution witnesses were going to say and we’ve grown tired of Blagojevich’s antics outside of court.
Of course, if Blagojevich takes the stand — as he failed to do during his first trial — he will again be the center of attention. The defense begins its case this week.
For now, though, it’s a relief to see that he has become more of a sideshow than the main attraction.
Illinois, it seems, may have finally begun to move on.