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In a tour de force midday press conference in Chicago, U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald (yes, that Patrick Fitzgerald), who has been pursuing public corruption cases in Illinois for more than seven years, laid out the stunning new charges against Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich and his chief of staff. Everything, it seems, had a price, including Barack Obama's vacant Senate seat. "If [Illinois] isn't the most corrupt state in the United States, it's certainly one hell of a competitor," the lead FBI agent on the case declared: