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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...
  • 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...
  • Federal prosecutors won't call Obama friend Whitaker to testify

    Federal prosecutors won't call Obama friend Whitaker to testify
    For weeks, federal authorities turned up the heat on President Barack Obama's friend Eric Whitaker as they pursued a case against a Chicago couple who allegedly spent grant money on a lavish lifestyle while he was the state’s public health chief....
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Cardinal George cracks joke as he receives city's highest honor

    Cardinal George cracks joke as he receives city's highest honor
    Retired Archbishop Francis George talked about the unique pride Chicagoans feel for their hometown and even broke out a couple jokes on Wednesday while accepting the city’s highest honor during a City Council meeting. George, who stepped down last...
  • Topinka in her own words

    Topinka in her own words
    Judy Baar Topinka was known for her straightforward approach. Here are some of her more memorable comments: "Well, you know the weasel eyes is because of how you make eye contact, and the governor does not have a tendency to make eye contact. That is...
  • Cardinal George to receive city's highest honor, the Medal of Merit

     Cardinal George to receive city's highest honor, the Medal of Merit
    Cardinal Francis George will receive the rarely bestowed Medal of Merit, the city of Chicago's highest honor, at Wednesday's City Council meeting, officials said. Mayor Rahm Emanuel will present George with the medal — which has previously...
  • Obama friend Whitaker to be in federal court in Springfield Monday

    Obama friend Whitaker to be in federal court in Springfield Monday
    President Barack Obama's close friend Eric Whitaker will be in a federal courtroom Monday as a judge considers whether the former state public health director should be designated a hostile witness in a multimillion-dollar state grant fraud trial of a...
  • Madigan, White win; treasurer's race too close to call

    Madigan, White win; treasurer's race too close to call
    Three Illinois executive office holders declared early victories Tuesday night. Voters favored well-known, long-serving Attorney General Lisa Madigan and Secretary of State Jesse White, both Democrats, over their rookie Republican challengers. In...