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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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  • 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...
  • 10 things you might not know about notorious couples

    10 things you might not know about notorious couples
    It's one thing to be famous. It's quite another to be notorious, which is defined as "widely and unfavorably known." Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife, Sandi, demonstrated that last week when they were sentenced for financial crimes. Here are 10 other...
  • And another one gone and another one gone....

     
    This item from my Sunday print column is a greatly expanded version of a blog item from Thursday It was a double whammy for political junkies last week when Republican Dan Proft and Democrat Kwame Raoul announced that they would......
  • Will Emanuel OK a Mell for Mell swap?

     
    On January 4, Fran Spielman of the Sun-Times reported: Ald. Richard Mell (33rd) — powerful chairman of the City Council’s Rules Committee and father-in-law of convicted former Gov. Rod Blagojevich — has told associates he is preparing to...
  • Here's why putting the AG next in line for the governor's office could be a problem

     
    Under the amendment...the attorney general would be next in line if the governor died, quit or was removed from office. That makes a lot of sense. Candidates for attorney general are subject to far more voter scrutiny than those for......
  • Steinberg v. the New York Times

     
    Sun-Times columnist Neil Steinberg today writes defiantly about a New York Times Book Review "slam" of his latest book, "You Were Never in Chicago," contained in a cover essay on recent local lit by DePaul University Theater School prof Rachel......
  • Quinn calls for a special session and the race for governor is underway!

     
    No rest for the wonky. Gov. Pat Quinn has called for a special session of the legislature to fix the pension mess -- because, gosh darn it, they haven't yet had time to fix it! -- recalling the numerous futile......
  • The Rhubarb Patch: A well-regulated militia, part 3

     
    An ongoing email discussion with David Lombardo, founder and president of the Second Amendment Foundation for Education & Research, Shorewood, Ill. Part One, Part Two. To David: I think we've both laid our cases as well as we're going to.......
  • Somebody Nobody Asked™ has advice for Rahm Emanuel

     
    By America's pre-eminent unsolicited advice columnist, for the Sunday paper Dear Mayor Rahm Emanuel: Do not appoint Democratic State Rep. Deb Mell of Chicago to the City Council vacancy created by the retirement of her father, Ald. Dick Mell (33rd).......
  • Worst vote ever?

     
    What’s the most regrettable vote you’ve ever cast? What were you thinking and why were you so wrong? Regular blog commenter Beth suggested this as a possibly educational essay assignment and I'm biting. My answer, as attentive readers know,...
  • Mell has political game plan for retirement

    Mell has political game plan for retirement
    Like the seasoned pro he is, Ald. Richard Mell today floated a straightforward political solution to his upcoming retirement: Appoint his daughter, state Rep. Deb Mell, to his 33rd Ward seat and then install his aldermanic aide Jaime Andrade to take her...
  • Quinn's salary grab: Clever gambit or impotent, unconstitutional grandstanding?

     
    RP reports: Governor suspends lawmakers' salaries in Illinois pension stalemate Gov. Pat Quinn said today he is suspending state lawmakers' pay until they come up with a comprehensive solution to the state's public pension mess, a dramatic gesture that...