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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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  • Lawsuit leaves horse tracks facing bankruptcy, attorney says

     Lawsuit leaves horse tracks facing bankruptcy, attorney says
    Facing a $78 million lawsuit judgment for involvement in an extortion scandal involving former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, Illinois' only two pari-mutuel standardbred tracks are prepared to file for bankruptcy to continue operations in 2015, their attorney told the Illinois Racing Board on Tuesday.
  • Prosecutors highlight money, sex, power in grant scam trial

    Prosecutors highlight money, sex, power in grant scam trial
    SPRINGFIELD — A federal prosecutor on Monday launched into closing arguments in a corruption trial that touched on money, sex, the president's longtime golfing buddy and the alleged theft of state grant funds designed to fight cancer, flu and AIDS...

    Sen. Kirk to seek re-election 'come hell or high water'

     Sen. Kirk to seek re-election 'come hell or high water'
    — Facing a tough campaign almost three years after a stroke, Republican U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk says he is running for re-election in 2016 "come hell or high water." Kirk's bravado comes despite a second-term path lined with numerous political...

    Harsh Treatment: How Illinois fails its most vulnerable citizens

    Harsh Treatment: How Illinois fails its most vulnerable citizens
    "I felt like DCFS, they take us out of the bad situation and put us in a worser situation." — Davonlesha Calloway, former resident of Indian Oaks Academy, a Manteno facility that specializes in treating youths who have endured sexual trauma...

    Losing Judy Baar Topinka, an everywoman

    Losing Judy Baar Topinka, an everywoman
    You know this if you were a close friend of hers or if you just saw it on a TV commercial: Nobody appreciated a good yard sale more than Judy Baar Topinka did. It wasn’t just campaign shtick. It was true. She could be deep in conversation about...