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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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  • 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...
  • 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....
  • 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...
  • CTA cracks down on abuse of free, reduced-fare rides

    CTA cracks down on abuse of free, reduced-fare rides
    The CTA is cracking down on fraud involving free-ride and reduced-fare Ventra cards, a problem fueled by schemes and illegal card-sharing that costs the agency millions of dollars a year, officials announced Wednesday. Newly implemented rail station...
  • A Chicago media welcome

    A Chicago media welcome
    This afternoon I was assigned to photograph Archbishop-designate Blase Cupich as he arrived at O'Hare International Airport days before taking over as archbishop of Chicago from Cardinal Francis George. When I arrived at the airport I immediately saw...
  • Lobbyist's attorney: Roland Burris involved in shakedown while in Senate

    Lobbyist's attorney: Roland Burris involved in shakedown while in Senate
    Two years after Roland Burris’ controversial term in the U.S. Senate ended in 2010, a businessman who’d been arrested in a public corruption fraud scheme in Chicago told a federal grand jury that while in office Burris had tried to shake him...
  • Thanks, G-Man Gary Shapiro, for your quiet war on Chicago criminals

    Thanks, G-Man Gary Shapiro, for your quiet war on Chicago criminals
    Shall we judge Gary Shapiro by the sleazy company he's kept in Chicago? Over here we have Joey "The Clown" Lombardo, James Marcello and Frank Calabrese Sr., all top mobsters sentenced to life for some of the Chicago Outfit's most notorious murders and...
  • Why I'm voting for Pat Quinn

    Why I'm voting for Pat Quinn
    Last Sunday in these pages, under the headline "Why I'm voting for Bruce Rauner," my colleague Steve Chapman explained why he favors the Republican challenger in next week's gubernatorial election. Today, in response, I'll explain why I favor...
  • Illinois governor race: Rauner looks to future as Quinn concedes defeat

    Illinois governor race: Rauner looks to future as Quinn concedes defeat
    Bruce Rauner moved forward Wednesday with plans to become Illinois' 42nd governor by selecting his running mate to lead his transition team, as Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn acknowledged he could not overcome a significant vote deficit. A day after voting...