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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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  • Chicago book news: Robert Blagojevich writes book on brother's trial

    Chicago book news: Robert Blagojevich writes book on brother's trial
    "Fundraiser A: My Fight for Freedom and Justice" by Robert Blagojevich will be published by Northern Illinois University Press April 15. Blagojevich details being named a co-conspirator during his brother Rod's corruption trial and offers a behind-the-...
  • Threatening letters to Daley, Blagojevich gets man 12 1/2 years

    Threatening letters to Daley, Blagojevich gets man 12 1/2 years
    A River Forest man was sentenced to 12 1/2 years in prison Tuesday for sending threatening letters to numerous public officials and others. During a sometimes-raucous court hearing, Ronald Haddad Jr., 39, attacked the jury's verdict and argued with U.S....
  • Rauner keeps first openly gay state agency director

    Rauner keeps first openly gay state agency director
    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....
  • 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...
  • 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....
  • 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...
  • Topinka remembered as 'trailblazer' by Lake County colleagues

    Judy Baar Topinka's passing Wednesday came six years almost to the day after the arrest of Rod Blagojevich and more than eight years after she more or less predicted for a Lake County audience what was to come of her opponent in the 2006 race for...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...