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Governor’s Arrest Leaves Mixed Feelings

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Public officials continue to rail against Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich after his arrest on federal corruption charges. But some Illinois residents say they’re feeling conflicted.

“He’s undertaken quite a number of initiatives designed to benefit immigrants in our state,” says Fred Tsao, policy director of the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights. “Being the son of a Serbian immigrant himself, he definitely understood immigration on a very deep and personal level.”

On Chicago’s West Side, retired factory worker Jacinto Peña says he’d be sad to see Blagojevich go. Peña says he appreciates the governor’s support of free transit for seniors. “What he did for the old people? I love that man. He’s a good man.”

Peña also credits the governor for expanding children’s access to health care.

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