Illinois politicians have hearts too, even if they're buried beneath loads of campaign cash and smell like cigar smoke.
Here's what we think -- and in some cases hope -- our favorite elected officials will be giving their sweeties for Valentine's Day.
Rod Blagojevich to Patti: Whatever it takes to keep her mouth shut.
Richard M. Daley to Maggie: A new TIF zone wrapped in a bow.
Pat Quinn to . . . : If Illinois has a new First Lady, we haven't heard about it. Instead, he promises Illinoisans that he won't break the law as a gift to himself like every other Illinois governor has.
Roland Burris to Roland Burris: A box of chocolates and a new mausoleum befitting the junior senator from Illinois.
Dick Durbin to Harry Reid: Unqualified support even if it does cost him re-election in six years.
Barack Obama to Michelle: A stimulus bill she can believe in.
MIchael Madigan to his daughter Lisa: An ethics bill and a shiv in Pat Quinn's back.
Todd Stroger to Cook County: A desire to step down and spend more time with his family.
The Chicago City Council to Mayor Daley: A kingly feast followed by a long spa visit and an evening of doting.
Patti Blagojevich to Rod: A plea deal for the both of them.