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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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  • Sununu hammers Obama

    Sununu hammers Obama
    — The combative and blunt-speaking John Sununu woke up Illinois' GOP delegation on the final day of the Republican National Convention by tossing some major broadsides at President Barack Obama, even suggesting that convicted influence-peddler...
  • Illinois public health director leaving for Chicago State University

    Illinois public health director leaving for Chicago State University
    Gov. Pat Quinn’s office announced today that the state’s top doctor is leaving government for the world of academia. Dr. Damon T. Arnold, who served as the director of the Illinois Department of Public Health, will join the staff at Chicago...
  • Last Blagojevich-linked trial set to begin today

    Last Blagojevich-linked trial set to begin today
    The last scheduled trial arising from the pay-to-play scandal that toppled former Gov. Rod Blagojevich begins today in Chicago's federal courthouse, this time with a longtime Springfield power broker on the hot seat. William Cellini is charged with...
  • Blagojevich faces higher pension hurdle, loses law license

    Blagojevich faces higher pension hurdle, loses law license
    Convicted ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich will now have to clear a few more hurdles before he would even have a slight chance of collecting a $65,000-a-year state pension. The General Assembly Retirement System board added the extra layer of scrutiny Wednesday...
  • Longtime power broker faces trial in Blagojevich scandal

    Longtime power broker faces trial in Blagojevich scandal
    William Cellini's influence behind the scenes in Illinois politics and government has grown over four decades as he turned contacts and access into contracts and cash with a reach that left some envious and others awed. He has arguably been the most...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Despite budget cuts, DCFS preps to do more

    Despite budget cuts, DCFS preps to do more
    The director of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services has launched a plan he says will put dozens more workers in closer contact with vulnerable children the agency is supposed to protect. Thanks to an increase in federal funding and...
  • Jury selection begins in Hudson case

    Jury selection begins in Hudson case
    With his fate hanging in the balance, William Balfour now knows most of the people who will decide whether he spends the rest of his life in prison in the slayings of singer Jennifer Hudson's mother, brother and nephew. So far they include a college...
  • Blagojevich home is off market

    Blagojevich home is off market
    Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich's Ravenswood Manor home is off the market. The 3,800-square-foot Mediterranean-style home got national exposure two weeks ago as the backdrop for Blagojevich's final news conference before he headed to federal prison in...
  • Anti-Obama ad flap deals blow to Wrigley Field rehab plan

    Anti-Obama ad flap deals blow to Wrigley Field rehab plan
    The long-shot prospect of taxpayer help to renovate Wrigley Field grew more remote Thursday, upended by revelations that the patriarch of the Chicago Cubs' ownership team had been offered a plan for using a super PAC to run racially tinged attack ads that...
  • Blagojevich corruption retrial: Witnesses testify that then-governor mentioned donations, projects 'in same sentence'

    Blagojevich corruption retrial: Witnesses testify that then-governor mentioned donations, projects 'in same sentence'
    Rod Blagojevich's legal fate may be up in the air, but witnesses at his corruption retrial testified Monday that he was at least guilty of inartfully talking about government action and political fundraising in the same breath. Lobbyist John Wyma, a...