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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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  • Reinsdorf, Thompson ask dismissal of lawsuit by ex-sports authority chief

    Reinsdorf, Thompson ask dismissal of lawsuit by ex-sports authority chief
    White Sox Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf and former Gov. Jim Thompson are asking a federal judge to dismiss the lawsuit brought against them by the former head of the Illinois Sports Facilities Authority, arguing among other things that the First Amendment does...
  • Jacksons' case a tale of runaway spending

    Jacksons' case a tale of runaway spending
    It was the kind of runaway spending usually reserved for someone with newfound riches — a holistic retreat, a cruise, pricey restaurant tabs, flat-screen televisions and even a pair of stuffed elk heads —and former Congressman Jesse Jackson...
  • Quinn wants minimum wage hike, assault weapons ban

    Quinn wants minimum wage hike, assault weapons ban
    Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn today called on lawmakers to raise the minimum wage, ban assault weapons, allow online voter registration in an annual State of the State speech that sounded a lot like the launch of his 2014 re-election campaign. Returning to...
  • 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...
  • Charges against Jackson belie his pledge to service

    Charges against Jackson belie his pledge to service
    Jesse Jackson Jr.'s final act as a public official was to send a Thanksgiving eve resignation letter to the speaker of the House in which he declared that "for 17 years I have given 100 percent of my time, energy and life to public service." But...
  • Former state ethics commissioner hit with $2,500 ethics violation

    Former state ethics commissioner hit with $2,500 ethics violation
    SPRINGFIELD — A former commissioner of the state’s executive ethics panel got slapped with a $2,500 fine for participating in a political event — a violation of the very standards he oversaw. Stephen Thurston’s fine was...
  • Quinn names former prosecutor Fitzgerald to UI board

    Quinn names former prosecutor Fitzgerald to UI board
    Gov. Pat Quinn has named former U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald to the University of Illinois Board of Trustees. Fitzgerald will replace first term trustee Lawrence Oliver II, according to a news release from the governor's office. The appointment...
  • State power broker William Cellini reports to Indiana federal prison

    State power broker William Cellini reports to Indiana federal prison
    Springfield power broker William Cellini reported to federal prison this afternoon to begin serving a one-year sentence for his conviction in the federal Operation Board Games probe. Cellini, 78, turned himself in at the low-security prison in Terre...
  • New General Assembly sworn in as full plate looms

    New General Assembly sworn in as full plate looms
    SPRINGFIELD --- A new Illinois General Assembly was sworn in today, and after the ceremony and celebrations are over, lawmakers will face a full plate of unresolved issues in the month ahead. Democrats now have veto-proof majorities in both the House and...
  • Ald. Sandi Jackson resigns from Chicago City Council

    Ald. Sandi Jackson resigns from Chicago City Council
    After weeks of rumors and equally strenuous denials, Sandi Jackson resigned as Chicago's 7th Ward alderman Friday, the latest chapter in the stunning, scandal-laced downfall of what had been one of the city's most prominent and powerful political duos....
  • Video/Q&A: 'Broken City' star/producer Mark Wahlberg and director Allen Hughes

    Video/Q&A: 'Broken City' star/producer Mark Wahlberg and director Allen Hughes
    ┬áIn the political thriller “Broken City,” Mark Wahlberg plays an underdog—not exactly something new for the Oscar-nominated actor (“The Departed”) when you recall “Boogie Nights,” “Invincible,” “...
  • State Treasurer Rutherford explores run for governor

    State Treasurer Rutherford explores run for governor
    State Treasurer Dan Rutherford, long mentioned as a potential Republican candidate for governor, used the web and social media Sunday to urge supporters to sign up for a possible 2014 race for Illinois chief executive. Rutherford’s web site asks...