RSS feeds allow Web site content to be gathered via feed reader software. Click the subscribe link to obtain the feed URL for this page. The feed will update when new content appears on this page.

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

Top Rod Blagojevich Articles

Displaying items 1-11
  • Rauner keeps human rights chief under Blagojevich, Quinn

    Rauner keeps human rights chief under Blagojevich, Quinn
    Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner announced late Friday that he would keep Rocco Claps, the first openly gay state agency director, as head of the Illinois Department of Human Rights. Claps was first appointed to the post in 2003 under now-imprisoned ex-Gov....
  • Cut a bold bargain on Illinois schools, Gov. Rauner

    Cut a bold bargain on Illinois schools, Gov. Rauner
    Public education in Illinois faces an array of long-entrenched challenges. Over the past year, some Democratic legislators have taken aim at one of those challenges, how state tax revenue is allocated to schools. That's a fine first step. With help from...
  • Business leaders note revenue needs under Rauner, possibly from taxes

    Business leaders note revenue needs under Rauner, possibly from taxes
    With one of their own in the governor's mansion, Illinois business leaders have a long wish list for wealthy venture capitalist Bruce Rauner. It includes cuts to high workers' compensation costs, fewer regulations and a focused effort to improve worker...
  • Bruce Rauner keeps blame game campaign theme in office

    Bruce Rauner keeps blame game campaign theme in office
    Only hours after he was sworn in, Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner demonstrated that his blame-the-past campaign theme didn't end Nov. 4 but will be the dominant early message as he settles in as Illinois' chief executive. From the inaugural speech he...
  • Gov. Quinn says post-Blagojevich stability his greatest accomplishment

     Gov. Quinn says post-Blagojevich stability his greatest accomplishment
    As Gov. Pat Quinn prepares to leave the state's top job, he's worried about Illinois losing a prominent progressive voice and suggested his legacy is not defined by an electoral defeat, but his effort to stabilize Illinois at one of the lowest points in...
  • Ex-Gov. Bob McDonnell gets 2 years in prison for corruption, far below what prosecutors wanted

    Family members and friends wept softly as former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell told the judge at his sentencing hearing that he couldn't "fathom any deeper humiliation" for taking bribes from a wealthy businessman to promote a dietary supplement. Then, the...
  • In last days as governor, Quinn grants clemency to 232 petitioners

     In last days as governor, Quinn grants clemency to 232 petitioners
    With just days left before he leaves office, Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn granted 232 clemency requests Friday — including his first-ever pardon based on innocence. In a move that stunned the petitioner, Quinn pardoned Alan Beaman, a 42-year-old...
  • Rauner spent nearly $36 a vote to become Illinois governor

    Rauner spent nearly $36 a vote to become Illinois governor
    Republican Bruce Rauner spent a record $65.3 million — or nearly $36 a vote — to become Illinois' new governor, newly filed state records showed Thursday. In the last three months of 2014 alone, Rauner spent nearly $24 million, including...
  • Illinois government worker pension system remains big issue for Rauner

     Illinois government worker pension system remains big issue for Rauner
    As Bruce Rauner is sworn in Monday as Illinois' 42nd governor at the Prairie Capital Convention Center, a half-mile away, government lawyers will file papers asking the state Supreme Court to reinstate a law that would make massive changes to the public...
  • Zorn: From Blago to Rauner, inaugural speeches always promise change

    Zorn: From Blago to Rauner, inaugural speeches always promise change
    The inaugural address by the new governor of Illinois left me sobered but inspired and hopeful. "This is a moment of crisis," he said. "We will meet our challenges head on, and we will do it by rejecting the politics of mediocrity and corruption. You...
  • Excerpts from the governor's inaugural address in Springfield (flashback edition)

    As we waited for Bruce Rauner to deliver his inaugural address today,  I thought I'd post the following lines from Rod Blagojevich oration on Jan. 15, 2003 as well as excerpts from the inaugural speeches of George Ryan, Jim Edgar and Pat Quinn. Here's...