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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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  • Quinn: Blagojevich conviction 'serious day for our state'

    Quinn: Blagojevich conviction 'serious day for our state'
    Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn, who assumed office after Blagojevich's impeachment, said today’s guilty verdict marks "a serious day for our state." Quinn said Blagojevich's corruption conviction, along with that of previous Gov. George Ryan,...
  • Prosecutors question Blago about convicted fundraiser Rezko

    Prosecutors question Blago about convicted fundraiser Rezko
    The trial ended for the weekend as Assistant U.S. Atty. Reid Schar was asking if Rod Blagojevich was worried that convicted fundraiser Antoin “Tony” Rezko was cooperating against him. Was Blagojevich “concerned?” Schar asked...
  • Blagojevich struggled with credibility long before his conviction

    Blagojevich struggled with credibility long before his conviction
    As a candidate and as governor, Rod Blagojevich loved to toss around the word "corrupt" as he heaped scorn on the business-as-usual nature of Illinois politics. So his reaction to the 2006 conviction of his predecessor, George Ryan, was totally in...
  • Mayor dogged by personal debt spent thousands on village credit card

    Mayor dogged by personal debt spent thousands on village credit card
    The mayor of a small town that is accused of siphoning millions of sales tax dollars from Chicago and elsewhere has used his village credit card for $36,000 in purchases, dinners and trips over four years, records show. The expenses by Channahon Mayor...
  • Blagojevich family draws closer together

    Blagojevich family draws closer together
    There's a friend who'd like to give him one last hug. Neighbors dashing off goodbye notes. And a curious city that wants to know about how the suddenly private Rod Blagojevich is coping with his final days of freedom. But the man who once welcomed the...
  • GUILTY

    A federal jury Monday convicted Rod Blagojevich of sweeping corruption, putting an end to a tragicomic legal and political drama that brought down Illinois' showy and would-be populist former governor. In its 10th day of deliberations, the 11-woman, one-...
  • Sighting: Bears' Julius Peppers dines with Carolina Panthers at Chicago Cut Steakhouse

    Sighting: Bears' Julius Peppers dines with Carolina Panthers at Chicago Cut Steakhouse
    The Bears' Julius Peppers had dinner with four of his former Carolina Panthers teammates, including Steve Smith, at Chicago Cut Steakhouse the night before Sunday's Bears-Panthers game at Soldier Field. Peppers also dined at Chicago Cut with nine of his...
  • Madigan: Blagojevich shouldn't get state pension

    Madigan: Blagojevich shouldn't get state pension
    Ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich should be denied his $65,000-a-year pension because the corruption that is sending him to prison is clearly tied to his position in state government, the Illinois attorney general advised Thursday. The legal opinion, delivered a...
  • Romeo Santos says he's not a dancer, Giuliana Rancic's restaurant is hiring, Haley Reinhart shops at Sofia

    Romeo Santos says he's not a dancer, Giuliana Rancic's restaurant is hiring, Haley Reinhart shops at Sofia
    There’s no denying Romeo Santos can sing bachata, but the lead singer of Aventura, the self-proclaimed “Kings of Bachata,” claims dancing it is another story. “I’m not a dancer,” Santos told me at the Park Hyatt...
  • Voter group sues over Democratic-drawn districts for lawmakers

    Voter group sues over Democratic-drawn districts for lawmakers
    The League of Women Voters of Illinois filed a federal lawsuit today alleging Democratic-drawn boundaries for the state legislature and congressional districts violate the U.S. Constitution and asked the court to order an impartial process to redraw the...
  • 'Daley' isn't going anywhere

    'Daley' isn't going anywhere
    Mayor Richard M. Daley may be leaving office next spring, but his name won't be out of sight anytime soon. Like politicians everywhere, Daley was never afraid of putting his name in prominent places. From the Old Water Tower to U.S. Cellular Field, from...
  • Zagel and the next crooked pols

    Zagel and the next crooked pols
    "He was corrupt when he took the oath of office. He was corrupt until the day he was arrested." —Federal prosecutor Reid Schar at the sentencing of Rod Blagojevich, Dec. 7, 2011. "My life is in ruins. … I have nobody to blame but myself for...