Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Land of Lincoln degraded again

Barack Obama's Illinois: Even the head of the Abe Lincoln library and museum is a crook.

Gov. Rod Blagojevich fired the head of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum today following revelations that the executive director shoplifted in Springfield.

Rick Beard, 61, has not worked in his $150,000-a-year job running theƂ Lincoln complex since last week, when word emerged of police cases against him, said David Blanchette, a museum spokesman.

Security guards at a Springfield Target store claimed Beard tried to steal a $39.99 DVD box set of Season 4 of the TV series "House."

It's not easy to get fired by soon-to-be indicted Blagojevich, who carries a heady 13 percent approval rating including relatives.

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