BLAG - GO!

Gov. Blagojevich at 4:51 p.m. Thursday became the first governor in Illinois’ 190-year history to be driven from office by impeachment in a 59-0 vote. Wow that speech of his was really effective...

The Pitty Tour 2009 had a short and painful run. Balgo went out with an act of defiance. In one of his last official acts, Blagojevich wiped away the convictions of Jimmie L. Beck, a janitor at a homeless shelter and prominent Chicago real-estate developer Fred S. Latsko circumventing the prisoner review board.

Blagojevich issued a pardon and an expungement for the 40-year-old Beck, who was sentenced to a year of probation in 1986 on a battery conviction and was sentenced to a year in prison in 2000 for a drug conviction, court records show.

Patti Blagojevich, who started Sept. 1 as development director of the 100-year-old Chicago Christian Industrial League, was quietly dismissed from her $100,000-a-year job about a week ago. also expunged the 1985 deception and forgery conviction of Latsko, who had received a pardon for the conviction in 1989 from then-Gov. Jim Thompson.

Latsko, 43, is a Chicago socialite who reportedly was one of Oprah Winfrey’s guests at her fund-raiser for Barack Obama at her California mansion in 2007. He bought her sprawling estate in Rolling Prairie, Ind., in 2005.

Patti Blagojevich, who started Sept. 1 as development director of the 100-year-old Chicago Christian Industrial League, was quietly dismissed from her $100,000-a-year job about a week ago.

I'm sure we will see Blagojevich on HBO one of these days.