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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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  • 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...
  • Quinn names longtime aide Stermer to succeed Topinka as comptroller

    Quinn names longtime aide Stermer to succeed Topinka as comptroller
    Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn on Friday appointed a longtime friend and aide to succeed the late Judy Baar Topinka as Illinois comptroller, saying Jerry Stermer will serve for just three weeks until new statewide office holders are sworn in Jan. 12. The...
  • Quinn taps aide to fill Topinka seat — for 3 weeks

    Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn on Friday appointed a longtime friend and aide to succeed the late Judy Baar Topinka as Illinois comptroller, saying Jerry Stermer will serve for just three weeks until new statewide officeholders are sworn in Jan. 12. The...
  • Blago brother says in book feds tried to make him 'pawn'; Rod refuses to see him

    Blago brother says in book feds tried to make him 'pawn'; Rod refuses to see him
    The brother of imprisoned former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich says in a new book that prosecutors tried to use him as a pawn to get his younger sibling on charges he sought to sell or trade an appointment to President Barack Obama's vacated U.S. Senate...
  • Clemency seekers press departing Gov. Quinn for help

     Clemency seekers press departing Gov. Quinn for help
    Amid the more than 3,000 clemency petitions sitting on Gov. Pat Quinn's desk is a plea from Wilder "Ken" Berry, a 45-year-old single father who spent eight years in prison for a sexual assault he didn't commit. He has been publicly cleared of the...
  • Illinois Horse racing tracks tied to Blagojevich scandal file for bankruptcy

     Illinois Horse racing tracks tied to Blagojevich scandal file for bankruptcy
    Illinois' only two harness horse racing tracks kept their promise to the Illinois Racing Board as they filed for bankruptcy on Wednesday to continue operations into 2015 and protect themselves against property seizure. Balmoral Racing Club Inc. and...
  • Quinn concedes defeat to Rauner in Illinois governor's race

    Quinn concedes defeat to Rauner in Illinois governor's race
    Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn conceded Wednesday afternoon to Republican challenger Bruce Rauner, a day after the most expensive and bitter contest for chief executive in Illinois history. "It's clear that we do not have enough votes to win the election,"...
  • Quinn grants clemency to 179 on Christmas Eve

    Quinn grants clemency to 179 on Christmas Eve
    Outgoing Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn granted executive clemency to 179 people Wednesday as the Democratic chief executive sought to continue to clear up a backlog of clemency requests he inherited. Quinn, who traditionally takes clemency actions on or...
  • Chasing dreams and goals 10 minutes at a time

    Chasing dreams and goals 10 minutes at a time
    At the beginning of 2001, with considerable fanfare, I launched the "Someday is Now" society, a group of 188 readers who had responded to a call for volunteers willing to devote half an hour a day, six days a week for one year, pursuing a personal goal....
  • Predicting the known unknowns of 2015

    Predicting the known unknowns of 2015
    I was diagnosed with a cataract in 2014, which perhaps explains the cloudy vision of the future I exhibited a year ago in this space when readers and I attempted to predict the news of the next 12 months. My forecast was that the stock market would be...
  • Quinn grants clemency to 102, including 3 abolitionists from 1843

    Quinn grants clemency to 102, including 3 abolitionists from 1843
    Gov. Pat Quinn on Wednesday continued to whittle down the list of those seeking clemency before he leaves office next month, granting clemency to 102 people, including posthumous pardons for three abolitionists convicted of harboring slaves more than a...