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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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  • 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...
  • The GOP's mug shot primary

    The GOP's mug shot primary
    Why is the lineup of prospective GOP presidential candidates beginning to look like, well, a lineup? Chris Christie went to campaign last week for Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, putting the New Jersey governor in the company of a man who is in almost as...
  • State retail merchants group takes pass on governor's race

     State retail merchants group takes pass on governor's race
    A politically active business group representing the state's retailers said Friday it would make no endorsement in the race for governor, a move that stings worse for Republican Bruce Rauner than Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn. The Illinois Retail...
  • 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...
  • Rauner courts black votes with $1M investment

    Rauner courts black votes with $1M investment
    Gregg Brown never met Bruce Rauner before the late summer day the wealthy Republican candidate for governor came calling with $1 million worth of personal checks and an army of news cameras at the offices of Brown's tiny credit union in a South Side strip...
  • Reader predictions for the news of 2015, full results

    Reader predictions for the news of 2015, full results
    The column related to these survey results is posted here. Will one of Chicago's mayoral candidates win more than 50 percent of the vote in February's election and avoid a run-off? Yes 69% No 31% Will Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel win reelection? Yes...
  • A Chicago-centric calendar for 2015

    Here's a look at this year's planned events and commemorations of interest to Chicagoans, to be held here and elsewhere: Jan. 1 — New Year's Day Jan. 1 — Illinois' personal income tax rate drops from 5 percent to 3.75 percent. Jan. 12 &#...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...