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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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  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Quinn commutes sentences of 2 men with shaky murder convictions

    Quinn commutes sentences of 2 men with shaky murder convictions
    In his final minutes in office Monday, Gov. Pat Quinn granted 43 clemency petitions, including two commutations that will lead to freedom for convicted murderers whose appeals had been stuck in the courts in spite of mounting evidence of their innocence....
  • Rauner sworn in as governor, says business as usual would be 'morally corrupt'

    Rauner sworn in as governor, says business as usual would be 'morally corrupt'
    Bruce Rauner took over as Illinois governor Monday and asked for shared sacrifice to help him restore a state he described as in decline, beset by financial, moral and ethical crises. The first Republican chief executive in a dozen years laid out what...