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Rod Blagojevich

Rod Blagojevich
Rod R. Blagojevich was the 40th governor of Illinois. He was first elected in 2002 and was re-elected in 2006. Blagojevich was born in Chicago in 1956. He graduated from Northwestern University in 1979 and earned his law degree from Pepperdine in 1983. Prior to being elected governor, Blagojevich was a Cook County Assistant State's Attorney. He was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1996. On December 9, 2008, Blagojevich was arrested for political corruption. The Illinois House of Representatives impeached him, and the Senate voted on January 29, 2009, to remove him from office.
Rod R. Blagojevich was the 40th governor of Illinois. He was first elected in 2002 and was re-elected in 2006. Blagojevich was born in Chicago in 1956. He graduated from Northwestern University in 1979 and earned his law degree from Pepperdine in 1983. Prior to being elected governor, Blagojevich was a Cook County Assistant State's Attorney. He was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1996. On December 9, 2008, Blagojevich was arrested for political corruption. The Illinois House of Representatives impeached him, and the Senate voted on January 29, 2009, to remove him from office. « Show less

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  • What a difference a dozen years makes!

     
    UPDATE -- Laura Washington and I will be guest panelists on this topic with moderator Elizabeth Brackett at 7 p.m. on Chicago Tonight, WTTW-Ch. 11 Here's Sun-Times columnist Laura Washington on the Democratic gubernatorial race and the possibility that...
  • An intelligent show about a crooked life

    An intelligent show about a crooked life
    Some are born corrupt, some achieve corruption, and some have corruption thrust upon them. And then there's Stuart Levine. The star witness (or "historic cooperator," as the prosecution dubbed him) in the trials that brought down politicos and influence...
  • Quinn now has 2 legislative wins to fuel re-election effort

    Quinn now has 2 legislative wins to fuel re-election effort
    For Gov. Pat Quinn, putting pen to paper on a bill to salvage the nation's worst-funded state employee pension system will be a signature moment both literally and politically. More than two years of the governor's repeated calls for action on the...
  • Final brief filed in appeal of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich's conviction

    Final brief filed in appeal of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich's conviction
    Lawyers for former Gov. Rod Blagojevich have filed the final brief in the appeal of his conviction and 14-year prison sentence, setting the stage for oral arguments next week before the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Blagojevich was convicted of...
  • Illiana Corridor proposal fails to win over planning board

    Illiana Corridor proposal fails to win over planning board
    The Chicago region's main planning agency turned thumbs-down Wednesday on Gov. Pat Quinn's proposed Illiana Corridor amid charges that the governor was playing political hardball to get the project approved. The board of the Chicago Metropolitan...
  • Blagojevich appeal: How to tell 'legal and straight from a federal offense?'

    Blagojevich appeal: How to tell 'legal and straight from a federal offense?'
    That sometimes gray line between traditional political horse-trading and flat-out bribery took center stage Friday during appellate arguments over the conviction of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, a self-described student of history who has long claimed he...
  • Weeks in review

     
    The "Weeks in Review" feature is an open thread in which commenters can talk about any current events or cultural phenomena that have caught their attention, including but not limited to the topics brought up in our traditional roundup of......
  • Let my Blago go?

     
    The federal court argument concerning the appeal of imprisoned former Gov. Rod Blagojevich raises some interesting legal arguments that we may discuss here in due time. But looking at this both as a layman and as one who has not......
  • Quinn gives pre-holiday pardons to 38

    Quinn gives pre-holiday pardons to 38
    Gov. Pat Quinn carried on his pre-holiday tradition of announcing action on clemency petitions, acting Tuesday to grant pardons to 38 people while rejecting 129 requests.  Among those pardoned by Quinn was John Esparza, who had a burglary conviction...
  • Quinn tries to regain footing by switching to campaign mode

    Quinn tries to regain footing by switching to campaign mode
    The busy chief executive of the nation's fifth-largest state probably wouldn't be expected to set aside time to attend an initial hearing in a lawsuit filed against him, but there was Gov. Pat Quinn on the 23rd floor of the Daley Center. The...
  • Date with wrecking ball at Lincolnwood's Purple Hotel

    Date with wrecking ball at Lincolnwood's Purple Hotel
    The last guests of the long-vacant Purple Hotel in Lincolnwood today will be developers and village officials, who will gather to watch a wrecking ball knock its famed purple bricks into a pile of rubble. "It's sort of bittersweet for me and for...
  • The limits of term limits

     
    Rauner's idea is popular, but that's about it Wednesday's print column There's no doubt that Republican gubernatorial hopeful Bruce Rauner has staked out a popular position on term limits. He's for 'em. In late July, Rauner formed a political action......