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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 cures itself of patronage, judge rules, so constraints go away

    Chicago, which helped define the nature and power of political machines, was released from constraints on its hiring practices because it had cleaned up its act and had put into place rules to eliminate illegal patronage, a federal judge decided Monday....
  • Decision day for Illinois primary election voters

    Decision day for Illinois primary election voters
    Illinois primary election day dawned Tuesday with voters getting to shape the Republican and Democratic fall tickets for contests ranging from governor and U.S. Senate down to the state legislature and county board. Polls opened across the state at 6 a....
  • 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...
  • Local Voices Lake: April 3

    Local Voices Lake: April 3
    Letters to the editor from Kildeer, Wadsworth and Lake Barrington. Election costs I laugh at the letters to the editor from people who are so upset that Bruce Rauner is "buying the election." I bet many of them are union members who are afraid of...
  • Child porn charge doesn't stop ex-Elgin lawmaker's state pension

     Child porn charge doesn't stop ex-Elgin lawmaker's state pension
    A former state lawmaker who is accused of trading child pornography online has started collecting a state pension of nearly $15,000 a year — an amount he bumped up by purchasing credit for time he didn't work. Ex-Rep. Keith Farnham, an Elgin...
  • 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...
  • Review: 'American Crucifixion' by Alex Beam

    Review: 'American Crucifixion' by Alex Beam
    In 1844, when Illinois was the wild, wild west, an armed mob stormed a jailhouse and assassinated an American religious leader. And got away with it. The story of Mormon founder Joseph Smith's death 170 years ago receives a fascinating retelling in...
  • Man guilty of sending threatening letters, packages to officials

    Man guilty of sending threatening letters, packages to officials
    A federal jury on Monday convicted a River Forest man of sending more than two dozen threatening letters and packages, some containing powder or shotgun shells, to city officials and others because he was obsessed over taxes and oil prices.  The jury...
  • Five books round the bases on the Wrigley Field centennial

    Five books round the bases on the Wrigley Field centennial
    Wednesday, April 23, marks the 100th anniversary of the first professional baseball game at what is now Wrigley Field. The Chicago National League Ball Club LLC will, of course, promote this anniversary with a special logo and various historical...
  • Federal probe threatens Quinn's re-election

    Federal probe threatens Quinn's re-election
    Deadlocked in a tough campaign in September 2010, Gov. Pat Quinn launched a $55 million anti-violence grant program, doling out money to groups on the South Side and south suburbs, home to core Democratic voters. Weeks later, Quinn piled up a 500,000-...
  • Vallas lands six-figure job with Quinn supporter

    Vallas lands six-figure job with Quinn supporter
    Paul Vallas, who returned to Illinois last month as Gov. Pat Quinn’s running mate, has been hired to a six-figure job as a municipal finance consultant by a longtime friend and political supporter of the Democratic governor. Vallas began his...