Virtually your entire description of the event was wrong. Fitzgerald was a Conservative, respected by Conservatives, opposed by the corrupt and bipartisan IL Combine, the real enemy of reformers. He was their enemy by having defeated their annointed “R” choice in ‘98, the liberal RINO Combiner Comptroller Loleta Didrickson, and they were quite happy to sabotage him to keep Combiner crook Carol Mostly-Fraud in office. He was attacked from day #1 in the Senate, and the lead thug/enforcer for the Combine trying to take him down was the RINO Congressman LaHood, for whom the False Messiah rewarded with a Cabinet post for his success at forcing Fitzgerald from office and paving the way to the White House.
For you to not even mention the Combine when discussing Sen. Fitzgerald shows you don’t know anything about the political situation in IL at all. Others in this thread are well aware of it and called you on it.