I still don’t see where this is the fault of Rod Blagojevich. I’ve tried to read up on the whole electrical mess at the fairgrounds and I really don’t see where the Governor or this administration is at fault.
Sure, Blago is a really bad governor and deserves most of the scorn heaped on him in other matters, but this still falls into the “shit happens” category for me. I see no malfeasance on the governor’s part. He didn’t reject requests for the electrical system to be replaced and I don’t think anyone knew there was a problem. I particularly think it idiotic to think the governor “let” this happen because he has it in for Springfield. The governor may be somewhat indifferent to our city at times but I really don’t believe he's out to get us.
Perhaps there should have been a tickle date set up 25 or 30 years ago to begin the process of replacing the aging wiring toward the end of its life expectancy, but I don’t remember hearing any warning that this was going to happen. Maybe a whistleblower will step forward with evidence that the administration was warned of the impending doom at the fairgrounds, but until that happens I think we are just going to have to admit that sometimes bad things happen.
Perhaps Springfield can learn from this and start making noises to the State in another 25 years that it might be time to replace the wiring again if the State isn’t already doing something about it.
If there is a bright spot to all of this, it might be that it’s a good thing this didn’t happen right before or during the State Fair.