Rod Blagojevich

Former <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PEPLT007479" title="Rod Blagojevich" href="/topic/politics/government/rod-blagojevich-PEPLT007479.topic">Gov. Rod Blagojevich</a> is surrounded by media as he leaves Dirksen U.S Courthouse following his status hearing in Chicago on April 22, 2009. Blagojevich -- now the poster child for <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PLGEO100100500000000" title="Illinois" href="/topic/us/illinois-PLGEO100100500000000.topic">Illinois</a> corruption -- faces 16 felony counts, including wire fraud, racketeering, extortion conspiracy and lying to federal agents. Among the accusations: attempting to sell the <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="ORGOV0000134" title="U.S. Senate" href="/topic/politics/government/u.s.-senate-ORGOV0000134.topic">U.S. Senate</a> seat vacated by President-elect <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PEPLT007408" title="Barack Obama" href="/topic/politics/government/barack-obama-PEPLT007408.topic">Barack Obama</a>; seeking the firing of <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="ORCRP003016799" title="Chicago Tribune" href="/topic/arts-culture/mass-media/newspapers/chicago-tribune-ORCRP003016799.topic">Chicago Tribune</a> editorial writers in return for state help on the sale of <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PLTRA0000169" title="Wrigley Field" href="/topic/sports/baseball/wrigley-field-PLTRA0000169.topic">Wrigley Field</a>; attempted to extort a congressman for campaign cash by withholding a $2-million state grant to a public school in the congressman's district; and other pay-to-play and influence-peddling accusations. He was impeached in January 2009; his case will finally go to trial in June 2010.<br>
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But he's just one of countless Illinois politicians in this state's history to run into trouble with the law ....
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( Tribune photo by Kuni Takahashi / April 21, 2009 )

Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich is surrounded by media as he leaves Dirksen U.S Courthouse following his status hearing in Chicago on April 22, 2009. Blagojevich -- now the poster child for Illinois corruption -- faces 16 felony counts, including wire fraud, racketeering, extortion conspiracy and lying to federal agents. Among the accusations: attempting to sell the U.S. Senate seat vacated by President-elect Barack Obama; seeking the firing of Chicago Tribune editorial writers in return for state help on the sale of Wrigley Field; attempted to extort a congressman for campaign cash by withholding a $2-million state grant to a public school in the congressman's district; and other pay-to-play and influence-peddling accusations. He was impeached in January 2009; his case will finally go to trial in June 2010.

But he's just one of countless Illinois politicians in this state's history to run into trouble with the law ....

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