For the first time since being elected Illinois’s next governor, Rod Blagojevich paid a visit to Rockford Thursday. The first stop on a five-city tour, he came to the Rockford airport to thank voters and celebrate his victory.
Illinois democrats have been waiting years for this moment, a democratic governor elect coming to Rockford. His plane landed two hours late, but supporters say Rod Blagojevich is right on time.
"We need jobs and a better living and i think he's the man to do it,” says Mike May, a Blagojevich supporter.
The campaign trial led Blagojevich to Rockford many times and he's promised to bring jobs and better transportation to the region.
"I'm committed to improving Illinois starting right here in Rockford and Winnebago County,” says Gov. Blagojevich.
Now it's time to turn talk into action, but voters are willing to patient.
"For the last three years republican administrations have managed the state poorly and now he needs some time to clean up that mess,” comments May.
"It's going to be hard and there will be sacrifices,” adds Blagojevich.
Introduced as Blagojevich’s favorite mayor, Doug Scott will play a role in holding the new governor to his promises.