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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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  • GOP gubernatorial candidates jockey for position

    GOP gubernatorial candidates jockey for position
    Ask any of the four Republican governor candidates why they're running, and they'll quickly tick off a list of Illinois' perceived ills under Gov. Pat Quinn and the state's Democratic legislative leadership. Dig a bit deeper and they'll each cite the...
  • Review: 'The Last Alibi' by David Ellis

    Review: 'The Last Alibi' by David Ellis
    Anyone who has ever fantasized about killing someone couldn't do better in that fantasy world than to hire Jason Kolarich, a savvy, street-smart lawyer who is a product of novelist David Ellis' vivid imagination. -------------------- This piece first...
  • Quinn chief of staff leaves for private sector

    Quinn chief of staff leaves for private sector
    Jack Lavin, a longtime friend and chief of staff to Gov. Pat Quinn, is leaving state government to work in the private sector. Lavin, 51, was was appointed chief of staff in 2010, a move that raised eyebrows given his previous position in imprisoned ex-...
  • Former Ald. Dick Mell farewell speech: How to keep a secret

    Former Ald. Dick Mell farewell speech: How to keep a secret
    In the last stop on his Chicago City Council farewell tour, recently retired 33rd Ward Ald. Dick Mell on Wednesday imparted the same advice a political veteran gave him after Mell took office in 1975. As with many things at City Hall, it involved...
  • Mayor Rahm Emanuel's finance guru Lois Scott hires bond firms she knows

     Mayor Rahm Emanuel's finance guru Lois Scott hires bond firms she knows
    Mayor Rahm Emanuel was on hand when an organization of female business executives paid tribute last year to his financial guru, Lois Scott, for her pioneering role in helping cash-strapped governments solve their problems. Many in the room shared an...
  • 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...
  • Businessman with links to Blago, Jackson Jr. pleads guilty to fraud

    Businessman with links to Blago, Jackson Jr. pleads guilty to fraud
    Raghuveer Nayak, an influential Chicago businessman who figured in the downfalls of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich and ex-U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., pleaded guilty today in his own criminal case to federal fraud charges related to a string of surgery...
  • U.S. Supreme Court to decide Illinois case

    The Supreme Court opened its new session Tuesday and announced it had agreed to decide eight new cases, including a copyright dispute over the 1980 Oscar-winning film "Raging Bull" and a clash over union fees for home healthcare workers in Illinois. The...
  • Straight answers on crooked pols

     
    Making sense of our messy laws on when ex-cons can run for office Wednesday's print column News item: As a convicted felon, former West Side Ald. Isaac "Ike" Carothers (right) is barred by law from running again for a seat......
  • Why Chicago loves Italian beef sandwiches

    Why Chicago loves Italian beef sandwiches
    There are things, for all time, which are decidedly the essence of Chicago: the Belushis, Michael Jordan, The Second City, thick-fingered Old-Style-drinking dudes who pronounce the word sausage as "saah-sidge," the Sears—err, Willis—Tower, hot...
  • Was JJJ trying to cheat the media by ducking into prison early?

     
    This unfolding story of Jesse Jackson Jr.'s surprise early entry into federal prison suggests not just a canny calculation on his part -- the sooner this gets started the sooner it's over -- but a "nuts to you!" gesture to......
  • Prosecutor: Jacksons' schemes not 'particularly sophisticated'

    Prosecutor: Jacksons' schemes not 'particularly sophisticated'
    The federal prosecutor whose office sent Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife, Sandi, to prison said Wednesday their crimes weren't "particularly sophisticated," left a long paper trail and showed a sense of "greed and entitlement." Ronald Machen Jr., U.S....