I am a native of Illinois. In my life, eight men have served as governor of Illinois; four of them have been indicted and/or served time in federal prison for corruption. My home state is to honest pols what Mississippi is to public education.
Best commentary I've seen thus far on the whole sordid affair comes from Michael Crowley of The New Republic:
FBI Blagojevich affidavit:
Throughout the intercepted conversations, Blagojevich also allegedly spent significant time weighing the option of appointing himself to the open Senate seat and expressed a variety of reasons for doing so, including: frustration at being "stuck" as governor; a belief that he will be able to obtain greater resources if he is indicted as a sitting Senator as opposed to a sitting governor; a desire to remake his image in consideration of a possible run for President in 2016; avoiding impeachment by the Illinois legislature; making corporate contacts that would be of value to him after leaving public office; facilitating his wife's employment as a lobbyist; and generating speaking fees should he decide to leave public office. [emphasis added]
Image remade! Congratulations, governor. Now he just needs to be out of jail by the '16 Iowa caucuses.