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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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  • Fitzgerald: Public interest 'vindicated'

    It couldn't have started more dramatically. A 6 a.m. arrest of a sitting governor at his home, followed by uncharacteristically strong remarks by U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald, who famously described Rod Blagojevich as carrying out a "political...
  • What about Blago's kids?

    What about Blago's kids?
    How could you not feel terrible for former Gov. Rod Blagojevich's daughters? Annie is 8. Amy is 15. Their father will be in federal prison when they graduate from high school, when Amy graduates from college and when both go through other rites of...
  • Quinn pardons 50 for past crimes

    Quinn pardons 50 for past crimes
    Rosa Young-Bey Williams said she had been praying for what happened Friday, the day Gov. Pat Quinn made her one of 50 people getting pardons for past crimes. The 64-year-old Williams now lives in Vista, Calif., but she said her teaching career was cut...
  • Blagojevich home now collateral -- and for sale

    A federal judge set bond at $450,000 for ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich and ordered him to post his North Side house and Washington condo as collateral even though the former governor's lawyers said the Chicago residence is for sale. "I have no intention of...
  • Fitzgerald: 10 years of major cases

    Public corruption ROD BLAGOJEVICH: The first impeachment of a governor in Illinois history occurred in 2009 after Blagojevich was charged with attempting to sell the Senate seat once held by President Barack Obama. At Blagojevich's first trial, he was...
  • Old allies Rahm Emanuel and Rod Blagojevich in spotlight again

    Old allies Rahm Emanuel and Rod Blagojevich in spotlight again
    Rod Blagojevich and Rahm Emanuel were once very public allies, pushing prescription drug programs and school reform together as North Side Democrats whose careers were on the rise. Now the former governor is fighting to stay out of federal prison. And...
  • Illinois House expels Rep. Derrick Smith over bribery charge

    Illinois House expels Rep. Derrick Smith over bribery charge
    State lawmakers today kicked out a West Side Democrat accused of taking a $7,000 bribe, marking the first expulsion from the Illinois House since 1905. Rep. Derrick Smith failed to show up to defend himself or hear his fellow House lawmakers condemn...
  • Blagojevich apologetic in his address to judge

    Blagojevich apologetic in his address to judge
    Rod Blagojevich's remarks to U.S. District Judge James Zagel: On accepting responsibility I'm here convicted of crimes. The jury decided I was guilty. I am accepting of it. I acknowledge it and I, of course, am unbelievably sorry for it. I want to...
  • Top prosecutor hits decade

    He arrived in Chicago just days before the worst terrorist attack in U.S. history, a tough, uncompromising New York prosecutor already steeped in fighting the new international threat. His outsider status and appointment to an already high-profile...
  • Prosecutors focus on Cellini's connections

    Prosecutors focus on Cellini's connections
    Prosecutors stepped back in time Thursday at the federal trial of William Cellini to show how they believe the political insider for years cozied up to Illinois governors and wielded influence with key decision-makers in state government. During the...
  • Blagojevich portrayed as desperate and corrupt as closing arguments begin

    Blagojevich portrayed as desperate and corrupt as closing arguments begin
    A prosecutor pointed jurors to a trove of government wiretaps as closing arguments began Wednesday at Rod Blagojevich's corruption retrial, saying the undercover recordings prove his guilt by revealing what the then-governor said "when he thought that...
  • Cellini's lawyers attack credibility of witness

    Cellini's lawyers attack credibility of witness
    Attorneys for Springfield power broker William Cellini, on trial for attempted extortion, spent much of Tuesday trying to suggest to the jury that the prosecution's case hinges on the interpretations of a star government witness burdened by a deeply...