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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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  • A willing accomplice

    A willing accomplice
    David Ellis is an attorney in serious need of a continuance. Not that he's unprepared to face any judge or jury he might come up against; he goes through as many barrels of midnight oil as anyone on the Chicago bar. But sipping black coffee last week at a...
  • Quinn defends Jackson Jr. endorsement

    Quinn defends Jackson Jr. endorsement
    Gov. Pat Quinn today defended his endorsement of U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., saying the congressman deserves to return to Washington despite an ongoing ethics probe. The governor threw his support behind Jackson via news release on Sunday, choosing...
  • 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-...
  • Poll: Paterno viewed favorably by most

    Poll: Paterno viewed favorably by most
    Even after his fall from grace amid the Jerry Sandusky child abuse scandal, Joe Paterno is still posting poll numbers most politicians would envy. More than half of Pennsylvania voters surveyed still have a favorable opinion of Paterno, according to a...
  • One cozy casino deal

    One cozy casino deal
    A little-known hamlet of mobile homes tucked away in Lake County seems an unlikely location for a bustling new casino, one piece in a massive gambling expansion approved by Illinois lawmakers. Park City has just about 7,500 residents, virtually no...
  • House opens hearings into Chicago lawmaker's bribery charge

    House opens hearings into Chicago lawmaker's bribery charge
    SPRINGFIELD--The Illinois House opened a special investigation today into a Chicago Democrat charged in federal court with taking a cash bribe.   But Rep. Derrick Smith, a West Side Democrat, didn't show up.   Smith faces the first House probe since then-...
  • Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. coasts against Halvorson

    Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. coasts against Halvorson
    Democratic U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. coasted to a big win against long-time foe Debbie Halvorson, a former congresswoman. In the 2nd Congressional District contest, Jackson had 71.2 percent of the vote to Debbie Halvorson’s 28.8 percent with 99...
  • Illinois House panel finds 'reasonable grounds' to proceed against indicted lawmaker

    Illinois House panel finds 'reasonable grounds' to proceed against indicted lawmaker
    An Illinois House panel today concluded that there are "reasonable grounds" to proceed further with a disciplinary process against a West Side Democratic lawmaker charged with bribery, a move that eventually could result in his expulsion. The special...
  • Quinn won't say if he supports major toll increase

    Quinn won't say if he supports major toll increase
    Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn isn't taking a position yet on his tollway board's idea to nearly double tolls to pay for new roads and road work.Asked the governor's views on the toll hike proposal, his administration offered a written statement today. ...
  • Illinois DCFS chief steps down

    Illinois DCFS chief steps down
    The chief of Illinois’ child welfare agency for the last five years is stepping down at the end of next month, saying that the state now moves more quickly to diffuse family problems before they get out of hand. Erwin McEwen, 49, announced his...
  • Cheney says aide 'did not deserve' Fitzgerald prosecution

    Cheney says aide 'did not deserve' Fitzgerald prosecution
    Speaking a few paces from Chicago U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald's offices, former Republican Vice President Dick Cheney said today that his former chief of staff did not deserve prosecution by the federal prosecutor in the Valerie Plame case. “...
  • 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...