The jury’s still out…

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Who is Juror Number 121?

Several weeks ago, we told you that a WIU student has been serving on the jury for the corruption trial of notorious ex-governor of Illinois, Rod Blagojevich.

As Patrick Stout, an academic adviser in the communication department at WIU and a longtime columnist and contributor to the local newspaper (The McDonough County Voice), points out in his latest column, this student’s service on the jury is not the only time WIU has been drawn into the drama surrounding the headline-grabbing ex-gov.

Patrick points out that the student serving her civic duty is at least the second connection between WIU and the ousted Blago. In fact, there’s a third major connection: three people who played prominent roles in his impeachment also just happen to be WIU alumni:

Heather Wier Vaught98 served as assistant counsel to the Speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives, and voters included Sen. Kirk Dillard ’77, and Sen. Kimberly Lightford ’91.

Now, we just hope that our student on the jury can be released soon and recover from all the trial hype: the start of the fall semester at WIU is right around the corner!


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