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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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  • Blagojevich optimistic after 1 year in prison, family left with 'aching hole'

     Blagojevich optimistic after 1 year in prison, family left with 'aching hole'
    Last March, an adoring crowd of supporters gathered outside the Ravenswood Manor home of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich and chanted "Free our governor" as the disgraced politician was about to set off for federal prison. "This is not over," Blagojevich said...
  • Council tactician Mell bowing out after nearly 4 decades

    Council tactician Mell bowing out after nearly 4 decades
    Chicago political legends have always been part chess master, part dynasty builder, part street muscle and part colorful scamp, qualities that perfectly define the storied career of Dick Mell, who on Wednesday announced his retirement after nearly four...
  • Daley looks for path to victory against Quinn

     Daley looks for path to victory against Quinn
    On paper, Bill Daley's resume would appear to put him high on the list of those seeking the governor's office: commerce secretary to President Bill Clinton, chief of staff to President Barack Obama and manager of Vice President Al Gore's White House...
  • Review: "Brothers Emanuel" by Ezekiel J. Emanuel

    Review: "Brothers Emanuel" by Ezekiel J. Emanuel
    Three brothers — Ezekiel, Rahm and Ari Emanuel — each went on to great career accomplishment: Zeke as a bioethicist; Ari as a powerful Hollywood talent agent; and Rahm, of course, as White House chief of staff for President Obama before...
  • Scrappy alderman looks back with pride

    Scrappy alderman looks back with pride
    Ald. Richard Mell, 33rd, first elected to represent his Northwest Side ward in 1975, is an unabashed believer in political patronage and charismatic leader of one of the city's most powerful Democratic organizations — an operation he hopes to...
  • Emanuel got $10,000 in donations linked to red light camera bidder

    Emanuel got $10,000 in donations linked to red light camera bidder
    Mayor Rahm Emanuel accepted $10,000 in campaign contributions from the spouses of two top executives of a longtime city contractor that is also vying to take over the city's beleaguered red light camera program. The mayor's office Tuesday defended the...
  • GOP gubernatorial candidates jockey for position

    GOP gubernatorial candidates jockey for position
    Ask any of the four Republican governor candidates why they're running, and they'll quickly tick off a list of Illinois' perceived ills under Gov. Pat Quinn and the state's Democratic legislative leadership. Dig a bit deeper and they'll each cite the...
  • Rick Kogan recommends four books for the bedstand

    Rick Kogan recommends four books for the bedstand
    The depth and diversity of Chicago's literary community sits on my desk, in the form of many piles of books that have arrived with encouraging frequency. Here is what's in one of those piles: The Taylor Street File of Red Cin by JoBe Cerny, Cerny/...
  • Tollway's job numbers from $12 billion program don't add up

    Tollway's job numbers from $12 billion program don't add up
    The Illinois Tollway this year will go full speed on a $12 billion construction program, touting it as a jobs generator that will put an estimated 120,000 people to work over 15 years. But while additional billions in increased tolls already are adding...
  • For Illinois Republicans, the gloom settles in

    For Illinois Republicans, the gloom settles in
    A day after suffering devastating election losses up and down the state, Illinois Republicans could point to one bright spot: Barack Obama's name won't ever be on the ballot again. In 2004 as a U.S. Senate candidate, in 2008 as a presidential contender...
  • Interview: D.L. Hughley worries about Chicago

    Interview: D.L. Hughley worries about Chicago
    D.L. Hughley has been keeping a close eye on Chicago. He can't help it. Besides being one of his three favorite cities in the U.S., it's also often in the news, unfortunately, because of its high murder rate. The controversial comedian and regular guest...
  • No more Rod Blagojevich sightings at Roots Pizza during Cowboys games

    No more Rod Blagojevich sightings at Roots Pizza during Cowboys games
    There’s a chance former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich would have gone to Roots Handmade Pizza in Ukrainian Village Wednesday to watch the Dallas Cowboys-New York Giants game on NBC, you know, if not for the fact that he’s serving a 14-year...