Was that Welles Park behind Blagojevich on the latest Daily Show?

March 8, 2011


Last night's Daily Show had a feature about the Wisconsin State Senators hiding out in Illinois. They dispatched correspondent John Oliver to Rockford, IL as if he was trying to find warlords in Afghanistan. It was a great piece. 

At about the middle mark, Oliver says I've tracked down a local warlord to help us out and to his feigned surprise, it was former IL Governor Rod Blagojevich. Blagojevich is a friend of sorts to the Daily Show, making memorable television on a few occasions. In this piece, Oliver was talking to him outside, presumably in Rockford where the entire piece was located.

But after further review, the hill that they converse on is not located next to an expressway, but a four-lane thoroughfare that looks suspiciously like, well, Western Avenue.  And the park looks eerily similar to the landscape of Welles Park, blocks away from Blagojevich's North Side home.

See for yourself.  It's about 3:00 into the video.