Back when he was governor, his own wife sought to avoid mixing her legal work with her husband's job as governor. This is from a March 4, 1987 story in the Tribune titled, "Family First: Jayne Thompson's sticking to her diet, helping with homework and working part-time to make ends meet (link not available)."
She no longer practices law because ``I`m somewhat of a liability to some law firms. It precludes them from getting the kinds of state business they think they are entitled to and probably are.``Not exactly the ethical standard that Patti Blagojevich is abiding by these days.
Sensitive to conflict-of-interest charges, she tries to avoid any hint of impropriety as wife of the highest official in the state.