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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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  • 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...
  • New gamblers in town

    New gamblers in town
    As Illinois struggles to roll out video gambling machines in bars and truck stops, one of the key players setting up shop here is a master of the game in Louisiana. Nicky Nichols grew a Louisiana video poker empire while striking up business...
  • 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...
  • Judge James Zagel lashed Blagojevich's legal team and denies its motion alleging potential juror misconduct

    Judge James Zagel lashed Blagojevich's legal team and denies its motion alleging potential juror misconduct
    A federal judge delivered a tongue-lashing Monday to Rod Blagojevich's legal team, repeatedly calling its motion alleging potential juror misconduct "harebrained" and threatening to hold one of the attorneys in contempt of court. U.S. District Judge...
  • 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...
  • Illinois politicians can no longer put names on road signs

    Illinois politicians can no longer put names on road signs
    Gov. Pat Quinn today signed a bill into law preventing state officials from putting their name or likeness on taxpayer funded signs. The measure was a response to Gov. Rod Blagojevich's decision years ago to plaster his name on nearly three dozen signs...
  • Director of state's college tuition program ousted

    The executive director of the agency that oversees the state's troubled prepaid college tuition program was ousted today by the newly overhauled board.   One day after Gov. Pat Quinn appointed five new members, the Illinois Student Assistance...
  • Sununu blasts Obama, brings up Rezko ties

    Sununu blasts Obama, brings up Rezko ties
    TAMPA, Fla. — 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 convicted influence-...
  • Blagojevich's chief of staff gets 10 days in prison

    Blagojevich's chief of staff gets 10 days in prison
    A former chief of staff for Rod Blagojevich who provided crucial assistance to investigators was sentenced Wednesday to a mere 10 days in prison by a federal judge who reserved his harshest comments instead for the former governor, suggesting he was an...
  • Defeated Democrats do well under Quinn

    Defeated Democrats do well under Quinn
    While the political adage holds that to the winner go the spoils, under Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn, even some losers have done very well. Take Dan Seals. He failed three times to win a North Shore congressional seat, and his tax returns showed he mostly...