Illinois Politics

Lt. Gov. Candidate Attacked Girlfriend

It almost makes you nostalgic for Rod Blagojevich: Scott Lee Cohen, a former pawnbroker who is now the Democrats’ nominee for lieutenant governor in Illinois, was arrested four-and-a-half years ago for holding a knife to the neck of his live-in girlfriend—a woman who was just found guilty of prostitution. The woman was treated for “mild abrasions from a knife wound,” but then she never showed up at court and so the charges were dismissed. Cohen was considered a longshot to be Governor Pat Quinn’s running mate and was elected over the objections of state politicians.