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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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  • Prosecutor: Jacksons' schemes not 'particularly sophisticated'

    Prosecutor: Jacksons' schemes not 'particularly sophisticated'
    The federal prosecutor whose office sent Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife, Sandi, to prison said Wednesday their crimes weren't "particularly sophisticated," left a long paper trail and showed a sense of "greed and entitlement." Ronald Machen Jr., U.S....
  • Republican governor candidates make pitches at State Fair

    Republican governor candidates make pitches at State Fair
    SPRINGFIELD -- Out-of-power Republicans rolled out four candidates for governor at an Illinois State Fair rally Thursday that focused on regaining relevance by taking back the state's top job. The contenders come with resumes as varied as the flavors of...
  • Blog Questions VIII

     
    For the 10th anniversary of Change of Subject Sunday I solicited questions about the blog from readers and will be featuring most of them, along with my answers. Here's a small group: Denis: What you would pick as the Top......
  • 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...
  • 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

    The limits of term limits
    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 committee to lead the charge to put a referendum on the November 2014...
  • Will the Jacksons get a slap on the wrist, or will their heads be mounted?

    Will the Jacksons get a slap on the wrist, or will their heads be mounted?
    The two stuffed elk heads of Chicago politics — former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife, former Ald. Sandi Jackson — are scheduled for sentencing in their corruption and tax cases on July 3. Our government often delivers bad news...
  • Quinn chief of staff leaves for private sector

    Quinn chief of staff leaves for private sector
    Jack Lavin, a longtime friend and chief of staff to Gov. Pat Quinn, is leaving state government to work in the private sector. Lavin, 51, was was appointed chief of staff in 2010, a move that raised eyebrows given his previous position in imprisoned ex-...
  • Former Ald. Dick Mell farewell speech: How to keep a secret

    Former Ald. Dick Mell farewell speech: How to keep a secret
    In the last stop on his Chicago City Council farewell tour, recently retired 33rd Ward Ald. Dick Mell on Wednesday imparted the same advice a political veteran gave him after Mell took office in 1975. As with many things at City Hall, it involved...
  • Businessman with links to Blago, Jackson Jr. pleads guilty to fraud

    Businessman with links to Blago, Jackson Jr. pleads guilty to fraud
    Raghuveer Nayak, an influential Chicago businessman who figured in the downfalls of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich and ex-U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., pleaded guilty today in his own criminal case to federal fraud charges related to a string of surgery...
  • Quinn signs bill allowing online voter registration in Illinois

    Quinn signs bill allowing online voter registration in Illinois
    Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn signed a measure into law Saturday that will make Illinois the 18th state to allow voters to register online. Supporters say the move could increase turnout at the polls and cut down on paperwork costs, while critics question...