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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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  • Quinn signs super PAC campaign finance law

    Quinn signs super PAC campaign finance law
    SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Pat Quinn signed a bill Friday that lifts the state’s campaign contribution limits to candidates once big money starts flowing into a state or local political contest, a move one watchdog group decried as effectively...
  • Shatner's world is out there, but worth the trip

    Shatner's world is out there, but worth the trip
    "Meet my co-chair," William Shatner observed from the stage of Auditorium Theatre Friday night, whereupon a seat on wheels was flung in the general direction of the man who once flew the Starship Enterprise. Ah, such a night for cutting-edge comedy. "My...
  • Daley decision unlocks others' pent-up ambitions

    Daley decision unlocks others' pent-up ambitions
    Mayor Richard Daley's surprise announcement Tuesday that he won't stand for re-election rocked the very political foundation of a city that's come to rely on his power and virtually unchallenged leadership. The decision also unleashed more than two...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 175 years of memorable, horrible, humorous and remarkable events that shaped Chicago

    175 years of memorable, horrible, humorous and remarkable events that shaped Chicago
    On March 4, 1837, exactly 175 years ago, Chicago was incorporated. Not that Flashback needed a reason, but we took this occasion to compile a very long list of events, year by year and decade by decade, that helped shape this great city. Some events...
  • Quinn: Blagojevich conviction 'serious day for our state'

    Quinn: Blagojevich conviction 'serious day for our state'
    Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn, who assumed office after Blagojevich's impeachment, said today’s guilty verdict marks "a serious day for our state." Quinn said Blagojevich's corruption conviction, along with that of previous Gov. George Ryan,...
  • University of Illinois criticized after contract raises conflict of interest concerns

    University of Illinois criticized after contract raises conflict of interest concerns
    The University of Illinois handed out a $4.6 million contract to an architectural firm partially owned by the husband of a key administrator who oversees the planning of campus construction projects. The school initially did so without asking for the...
  • Relatives of lobbyists, campaign donors got lawmakers' help to enter U. of I.

    Relatives of lobbyists, campaign donors got lawmakers' help to enter U. of I.
    Politicians exerted their influence at the University of Illinois to boost admissions prospects for the relatives of lobbyists, fundraisers, a union leader and other connected applicants, a Tribune investigation has found. The first broad analysis of who...
  • Retrial: How we're covering the Rod Blagojevich Trial, Part II

    Retrial: How we're covering the Rod Blagojevich Trial, Part II
    As pointed out earlier this week by reporter Bob Secter, who is covering the Rod Blagojevich retrial, the jury foreman for the former governor's first trial returned Tuesday to get a different perspective on the sequel. What a difference a retrial makes....