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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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  • Crisis manager leaves White House counsel's office

    WASHINGTON – From Solyndra to Benghazi to the rollout of the Affordable Care Act, Ed Siskel has been the bespectacled, behind-the-scenes lawyer with the forensic assignment – figure out exactly what went wrong so the White House can fix it,...
  • Caregivers Have A Right To Reject Union

    The Democratic party is the party of government because it embraces a proposition it has done much to refute — that government is a nimble, skillful social engineer — and because government employees are a significant component of the party'...
  • Supreme Court considers striking down mandatory public union dues

    Supreme Court considers striking down mandatory public union dues
    WASHINGTON-- Supreme Court justices debated Tuesday whether teachers and other public employees can be required to pay dues to support a union even if some of them oppose it. Since 1977, the high court has upheld such mandatory union fees, but some...
  • Supreme Court to hear 1st Amendment challenge to labor unions

    Supreme Court to hear 1st Amendment challenge to labor unions
    The Supreme Court will hear a 1st Amendment case this week involving Chicago-area in-home care providers that could end up dealing a major blow to public-sector labor unions. Illinois, California, Maryland, Connecticut and other states have long used...
  • Quinn now has 2 legislative wins to fuel re-election effort

    Quinn now has 2 legislative wins to fuel re-election effort
    For Gov. Pat Quinn, putting pen to paper on a bill to salvage the nation's worst-funded state employee pension system will be a signature moment both literally and politically. More than two years of the governor's repeated calls for action on the...
  • How Madigan builds his patronage army

     How Madigan builds his patronage army
    When House Speaker Michael Madigan accidentally triggered a patronage scandal at the Metra commuter rail agency, it was the result of two extraordinary events. First his request to boost the Metra salary of a longtime political worker was refused....
  • Local Voices North: Feb. 27 edition

    Local Voices North: Feb. 27 edition
    Letters to the editor from Niles, Rolling Meadows and Evanston. Distracted driving "Drop it and drive." Chances are, at some point, you've uttered a phrase like that after witnessing someone on the road talking, texting or surfing the Web on a...
  • Convicted ex-alderman seeking Cook County Board seat

    Convicted ex-alderman seeking Cook County Board seat
    Less than two years after getting out of federal prison where he served time for a public corruption conviction, former West Side alderman Isaac "Ike" Carothers is attempting a political comeback. While state law bars Carothers from trying to win back a...
  • Vallas says he's OK playing 'second banana' to Quinn

    Vallas says he's OK playing 'second banana' to Quinn
    When he was Chicago Public Schools CEO, Paul Vallas developed a reputation as a control freak who thought he was the smartest guy in the room while he sometimes upstaged his boss, then-Mayor Richard M. Daley. On Tuesday, the new Democratic lieutenant...
  • Political fallout on Illinois gay marriage bill for Democrats, Republicans

    Political fallout on Illinois gay marriage bill for Democrats, Republicans
    Legalizing same-sex marriage in Illinois could give Democrats a much-needed boost of enthusiasm headed into next year’s critical elections, though financial woes and high unemployment could mute long-standing traction for the party that rules the...
  • Republican governor, Senate candidates make final pitches before primary election

    Republican governor, Senate candidates make final pitches before primary election
    The Republican candidates for governor spent the final Sunday before the primary election taking aim at Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn as they sought to bolster support from their supporters and returned to the themes that launched their campaigns. “...
  • Ex-Chicago State worker wins whistleblower lawsuit

    Ex-Chicago State worker wins whistleblower lawsuit
    A Cook County jury has awarded a former Chicago State University employee $2.5 million in damages and back pay after deciding he was fired in retaliation for reporting alleged misconduct by the university president and other top officials. A judge could...