With yesterday’s announcement that Tony Rezko is guilty of 16 counts in his corruption trial, it is time for Jill Morgenthaler to start answering questions. Morgenthaler, candidate for IL-06, was a senior advisor to the Blagojevich administration and was the one who helped find a location for Rezko’s company to train Iraqi police forces.
The Chicago Sun Times wrote:
“As Frawley [Rezko’s buisness partner] sought to revive the contract in spring 2006, Blagojevich’s chief of staff, John Harris, directed the state’s homeland security adviser, Jill Morgenthaler, to find "a military site for the training of Iraqi police forces,” Morgenthaler wrote in an April 26, 2006, e-mail. She wrote the letter in June 2006 offering the Savanna site.” (Chicago Sun Times, August 7, 2007)
So the tough question for Morgenthaler is…….
How much did Morgenthaler know about Frawley and Rezko and the contract when she was doing Blagojevich’s bidding?
The answer is probably not much. Blagojevich tended to keep the politics to himself and tell people to do stuff. It’s still legitimate to ask.