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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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  • 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...
  • State paying 6-figure pension to ex-teachers union lobbyist

    State paying 6-figure pension to ex-teachers union lobbyist
    — A former lobbyist for a powerful teachers union is reaping a $100,000-a-year state pension thanks to wide-ranging retirement legislation sponsored nearly six years ago by her former boss, House Speaker Michael Madigan, and his legislative allies....
  • Rezko gets 10 1/2-year sentence

    Rezko gets 10 1/2-year sentence
    Even before Antoin "Tony" Rezko's long-awaited sentencing began Tuesday, his teenage daughter appeared anxious, her arms clutching her stomach and her face already in a pained expression. Two hours later, when a judge sentenced Rezko, once a top...
  • 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...
  • Tough day for Blagojevich defense

    Tough day for Blagojevich defense
    After suffering through scores of sustained objections and several lectures Monday from the judge at Rod Blagojevich's retrial, the former governor's defense team saw their day go from bad to worse after the jury left the courtroom for the day. The...
  • Jennifer Hudson moves in a protective bubble at murder trial

    Jennifer Hudson moves in a protective bubble at murder trial
    Stepping off the elevator in stiletto boots and a black skirt, Jennifer Hudson draws a few sideways glances as she walks with her entourage to a Cook County courtroom where her former brother-in-law is standing trial in the killings of her mother, brother...
  • Ald. Sandi Jackson won't comment on husband's whereabouts, condition

    Ald. Sandi Jackson won't comment on husband's whereabouts, condition
    Ald. Sandi Jackson today spoke briefly to reporters but provided scant information about her husband U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.'s condition or whereabouts since he announced he was on medical leave from Congress. "I think it's important to say that I...
  • 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...