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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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  • Quinn complains wealthy are trying to help Rauner buy election

    Quinn complains wealthy are trying to help Rauner buy election
    Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn criticized Republican opponent Bruce Rauner and Rauner's allies today as “billionaires trying to buy their way into Illinois politics” after the GOP candidate received a $2.5 million campaign contribution from hedge-...
  • Lucille 'Jackie' Gallagher, Chicago Teachers Union spokeswoman, 1928-2014

     Lucille 'Jackie' Gallagher, Chicago Teachers Union spokeswoman, 1928-2014
    Lucille "Jackie" Gallagher was an aide to Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan for a decade before working for 12 years as a spokeswoman for the Chicago Teachers Union. At the CTU from 1991 to 2003, she worked under union chiefs Jacqueline Vaughn, Tom...
  • Madigan makes power play for Lincoln library and museum

    Madigan makes power play for Lincoln library and museum
    SPRINGFIELD — The latest political power play at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum comes from Speaker Michael Madigan, who is pushing a plan to set up the center as a free-standing state agency despite opponents’ concerns...
  • Little Village doctor pleads guilty to fraud in kickback scheme

    Little Village doctor pleads guilty to fraud in kickback scheme
    Editor's note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that Dr. Subir Maitra admitted referring patients to Sacred Heart for procedures that were medically unnecessary. In fact, Maitra pleaded guilty only to referring patients to Sacred...
  • Stark choices for Illinois governor come November

    Stark choices for Illinois governor come November
    Democracy can be cruel because elections deprive people of the delight of alibis and the comfort of complaining. Illinois voters have used many elections to make theirs the worst-governed state, with about $100 billion in unfunded public pension promises,...
  • Lawmakers may donate Obama's former state senate seat -- or at least his chair

    Lawmakers may donate Obama's former state senate seat -- or at least his chair
    State lawmakers took steps today to loan or donate Barack Obama's state Senate seat to his presidential library — and took pains to note they weren't trying to turn the items into "golden" assets the way imprisoned former Gov. Rod Blagojevich did....
  • State agency ex-director to pay $100,000 in revolving-door case

    State agency ex-director to pay $100,000 in revolving-door case
    SPRINGFIELD — The former head of an Illinois government agency has agreed to pay the state $100,000 in a settlement after being accused of violating a so-called revolving-door clause regulating officials who leave and take jobs with state...
  • Former government mole pleads guilty to fraud in Riverdale

    Former government mole pleads guilty to fraud in Riverdale
    Chicago real estate developer John Thomas has said he wanted to own up to his mistakes and move on with his life after his Riverdale marina project turned into a debacle for the cash-strapped southern suburb. On Friday the onetime government mole in...
  • Emanuel gets new chief spokeswoman

    Emanuel gets new chief spokeswoman
    There’s a changing of the guard in Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s communications office, with chief spokeswoman Sarah Hamilton being replaced by Kelley Quinn, who moves over from a similar job in the city Finance Department. “I’m going...
  • Tribune reporter accused of breaking 'L' train window

    Tribune reporter accused of breaking 'L' train window
    Tribune reporter Jeff Coen faces a misdemeanor charge of criminal damage to property after police say he broke a window on a CTA train earlier this month, according to court and police records. Coen has been charged with misdemeanor criminal damage to...
  • Trial begins for man charged with sending letters with powder, shotgun shells

    Trial begins for man charged with sending letters with powder, shotgun shells
    A River Forest man allegedly obsessed over taxes and oil prices waged a “campaign of terror” by sending more than two dozen threatening letters and packages, some containing powder or shotgun shells, to city officials and others, prosecutors...