Democrats say they've got other ways to fight back. They can remind voters the state's last Republican governor, George Ryan, is in prison after being convicted of corruption. They can highlight that Giannoulias' Republican opponent, Congressman Mark Kirk, was caught embellishing details about his military service in the Naval Reserves and other episodes in his life. And they can target Republican candidates over their voting records in Congress and in the state Legislature.
Democratic National Committee chairman Tim Kaine rejected the notion that Illinois Democrats, especially Quinn, would be better off with the Blagojevich trial behind them.
"It sets a contrast in Illinois voters' minds," Kaine said. "They know that both of their last two governors have had problems and they can see Pat Quinn is a very, very different kind of person."
Gary Havlick, a 61-year-old from Rolling Meadows, said he has often worked for Democratic candidates.
"I'll vote Democrat again. It's one bad apple," he said.