03/12/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Democratic Leaders Seek To Move Beyond Blago: 'There Is No Need To Be Ashamed'

A gathering of Democrats in DuPage County, once seemingly a counter-intuitive phrase, drew more than 500 people as well as Illinois' statewide officers to the Drury Lane Oak Brook where references to the turmoil over Rod Blagojevich's ouster as governor were ever present.
But Atty. Gen. Lisa Madigan tried to sound a hopeful note Sunday night, saying that while the ouster of the two-term Democratic governor involved "some of the most stressful, difficult times" in her career, she and other Democrats need to look forward.

"Look at the history of the good elected officials from the state of Illinois," she said, citing Abraham Lincoln, Paul Simon and President Barack Obama. "There is no need to be ashamed."

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