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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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  • 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...
  • Virginia meets the Chicago Way

    Virginia meets the Chicago Way
    When their farfetched marriage-gone-bad defense failed to save former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, from guilty verdicts in their corruption trial, I could not help but wonder: Why didn't they take a plea deal when they had the...
  • Court: Same-sex marriage bans in Indiana, Wisconsin unconstitutional

    Court: Same-sex marriage bans in Indiana, Wisconsin unconstitutional
    Acting with unusual swiftness, a federal appeals court in Chicago upheld on Thursday lower court decisions that found same-sex marriage bans in Indiana and Wisconsin unconstitutional, blasting arguments in favor of the bans as “so full of holes&...
  • Jury's quick verdict in McDonnell case a message in itself

    Jury's quick verdict in McDonnell case a message in itself
    RICHMOND — The guilty verdicts for Bob and Maureen McDonnell came faster and more decisively than usual in public corruption cases, where juries routinely deadlock on least some counts — perhaps a sign that the law and the voters are taking...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Perry v. Lehmberg and the veto that illuminated an unsettling trend [Commentary]

    Perry v. Lehmberg and the veto that illuminated an unsettling trend [Commentary]
    A truism: Almost nobody looks good in his booking photo. That said, the 47th governor of Texas, one James Richard Perry, certainly gave it his best shot when he faced the camera at the Travis County Courthouse last week. The resultant image is ... not...
  • Tinley Park to purchase Mental Health Center from state

    Tinley Park to purchase Mental Health Center from state
    Tinley Park trustees have agreed to purchase the multimillion-dollar former Mental Health Center to maintain control over one of the largest vacant properties in Cook County, officials said. Mayor Ed Zabrocki said he individually polled Village Board...
  • Rauner rips Quinn on IDOT patronage oversight

    Rauner rips Quinn on IDOT patronage oversight
    Republican governor candidate Bruce Rauner on Thursday said voters have a "duty" to oust Gov. Pat Quinn, pointing to a federal judge's ruling that the court should oversee hiring at the Illinois Department of Transportation after allegations that...
  • Simon hits Topinka on aides' lucrative 2nd jobs

    Simon hits Topinka on aides' lucrative 2nd jobs
    Democratic challenger Sheila Simon on Thursday criticized Republican Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka for her role as president of a federally funded nonprofit that paid two key comptroller staffers more than $50,000 a year for part-time work on top of their...