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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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  • Excerpts from editorials by Illinois newspapers

    June 21, 2015 Belleville News-Democrat Wanted: Scout with keen pencil Illinois Auditor General William Holland is retiring Dec. 31, and we — the residents of Illinois — all likely owe him a card and maybe flowers. His job, simply stated,...
  • Illinois' longtime auditor general to retire by year's end

    Auditor General William Holland, whose career of scrutinizing the flow of public money in Illinois has touched the administrations of five governors, announced Wednesday that he's retiring after more than two decades on the job. Holland, first...
  • Rauner, Democrats each fighting 'for the middle class'

    Rauner, Democrats each fighting 'for the middle class'
    Lawmakers left the Capitol on Sunday for an uncertain summer amid stalemate over a new state budget and pro-business changes as Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democratic legislative leaders engaged in a heated round of attacks over who is a better...
  • Is it good government you want or smart politics?

    Is it good government you want or smart politics?
    Gov. Bruce Rauner has been promoting his "Turnaround Agenda" throughout the state, but he has discovered, as other governors have before him, that the man at the helm has little control over the direction of Illinois. Former governors Jim Edgar,...
  • Rauner governs like his 'indifferent boob' predecessors

    Rauner governs like his 'indifferent boob' predecessors
    Democrats have governed Illinois for so long that the GOP's most effective campaign hammer has become their non-Democrat-ness. If "non-Democrat-ness" is not a real Scrabble word, it should be. Inside this theory, Gov. Bruce Rauner could not possibly...
  • Put an asterisk by Dan Walker's name

    Put an asterisk by Dan Walker's name
    News this morning of the death of former Illinois Gov. Dan Walker at age 92 prompts me to re-post the column I wrote after interviewing him in July, 2010: More than 33 years and 1,600 miles separate Dan Walker from his days in the governor's mansion...
  • Why is Blago's appeal dragging on and on?

    Why is Blago's appeal dragging on and on?
    It's been three years since former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich started his 14-year prison sentence for political corruption, including trying to sell Barack Obama's soon to be vacated U.S. Senate seat. The earliest he is expected to get out of prison is...
  • Rod Blagojevich reacts to Jesse Jackson Jr.'s release from prison

    Rod Blagojevich reacts to Jesse Jackson Jr.'s release from prison
    Former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. was released from prison this week while former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich  languishes in jail with a long time left to go for his release. Sometimes life just ain't fair for the crooked.
  • Mayor: 'Good Wife' wrong about Evanston politics

    Mayor: 'Good Wife' wrong about Evanston politics
    Evanston's mayor took to Twitter to stick up for her city's liberal credentials this week after The CBS drama "The Good Wife" portrayed it as a hot bed of conservatism. Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl aimed her message at the writers of the program after...
  • 2 aldermen appointed by Emanuel face challenges at ballot box

    2 aldermen appointed by Emanuel face challenges at ballot box
    The two aldermen appointed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel since taking office will face voters for the first time next week, and the results could help determine how strong the mayor's lock will be on the Chicago City Council should he win re-election. On the...
  • The great school funding con game

    Ladies and gentlemen, friends and neighbors, boys and girls, you are about to witness the ability of human beings to believe almost anything (the willingness to suspend their disbelief, as thespians refer to it) in order to reach a conclusion that...