Cullerton says Blagojevich damaged Illinois' reputation

December 8, 2011

By City Desk

Illinois Senate President John Cullerton said Thursday the state is ready to move on after the sentencing of former governor Rod Blagojevich.

Blagojevich was sentenced Wednesday to 14 years in federal prison and fined $20,000 for being convicted on multiple corruption charges.

Cullerton said Blagojevich damaged Illinois' reputation after his arrest in 2008.

"I'm not that familiar with the federal guidelines and sentencing and all that, but it's a sad day for his family, and we're ready to move on," said Cullerton.

Blagojevich has to report to prison by Feb. 16.