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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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  • Emanuel super PAC gets nearly $1 million in one day

    Emanuel super PAC gets nearly $1 million in one day
    Some of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s biggest campaign donors dropped $950,000 in one day into a new super political action committee created to help back his run for re-election in 2015. Illinois election law caps the amount individuals can contribute to...
  • 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....
  • 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-...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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....
  • 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...
  • 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...