Family Feud in Chicago

Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich faces off against his father-in-law

Are family ties thicker than political ones? Not in Illinois when a Governor nearing a re-election campaign is pitted against a street-smart ward politico who happens to be his father-in-law. The simmering feud between Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich and his wife's father, Chicago alderman Dick Mell, reached a boiling point last week. In a press conference, the Governor lashed out at his in-law amid reports that a grand jury is investigating allegations by Mell that Blagojevich's administration traded jobs for campaign contributions. Blagojevich denied the charges and asserted that the investigation was started only because he had the "testicular virility" to...

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