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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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  • Quinn now has 2 legislative wins to fuel re-election effort

    Quinn now has 2 legislative wins to fuel re-election effort
    For Gov. Pat Quinn, putting pen to paper on a bill to salvage the nation's worst-funded state employee pension system will be a signature moment both literally and politically. More than two years of the governor's repeated calls for action on the...
  • Final brief filed in appeal of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich's conviction

    Final brief filed in appeal of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich's conviction
    Lawyers for former Gov. Rod Blagojevich have filed the final brief in the appeal of his conviction and 14-year prison sentence, setting the stage for oral arguments next week before the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Blagojevich was convicted of...
  • Custom-fit carols for Chicago's chilly season

    Custom-fit carols for Chicago's chilly season
    The holidays are meant for singing, and I occasionally adapt a few classic songs for our place and time. Please sing along. . "10 BELOW" ("LET IT SNOW") Oh the weather outside is freezing And I cannot stop this sneezing But it's holiday time and...
  • Pattern developing for President Selfie

    Pattern developing for President Selfie
    There are many ways to remember President Barack Obama's appearance at South Africa's memorial for Nelson Mandela. Some may remember Obama as Mandela's spiritual son, our president riding on his own soaring rhetoric at that stadium, wrapping himself...
  • Kass: 5 years later, piecing together players of Operation Board Games

    Kass: 5 years later, piecing together players of Operation Board Games
    This is the time for Christmas lists — which elves have been naughty, which ones have been nice and which ones have skipped along the Chicago Way without doing hard time. So I wonder if Federal Inmate 40892-424 out in Englewood, Colo., has made...
  • Blagojevich appeal: How to tell 'legal and straight from a federal offense?'

    Blagojevich appeal: How to tell 'legal and straight from a federal offense?'
    That sometimes gray line between traditional political horse-trading and flat-out bribery took center stage Friday during appellate arguments over the conviction of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, a self-described student of history who has long claimed he...
  • The last detail: Seeking a pardon 14 years after release

    The last detail: Seeking a pardon 14 years after release
    During the eight years Wilder "Ken" Berry was in prison for a kidnapping and a sexual assault he didn't commit, there were many nights after lockdown when he would look outside his cell window at the moon and wish he was anyplace else. Now nearly 14...
  • Convicted ex-alderman seeking Cook County Board seat

    Convicted ex-alderman seeking Cook County Board seat
    Less than two years after getting out of federal prison where he served time for a public corruption conviction, former West Side alderman Isaac "Ike" Carothers is attempting a political comeback. While state law bars Carothers from trying to win back a...
  • First hearing today in state lawmaker paycheck case

    First hearing today in state lawmaker paycheck case
    House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton stepped up their effort Monday to persuade a judge to pay all 177 lawmakers even though Gov. Pat Quinn vetoed their salaries for failing to rein in Illinois' worst-in-the-nation pension...
  • Straight answers on crooked pols

    Straight answers on crooked pols
    News item: As a convicted felon, former West Side Ald. Isaac "Ike" Carothers is barred by law from running again for a seat on the City Council. But the law does allow him to run for Cook County Board commissioner, and he recently announced his candidacy....
  • Review: 'The Last Alibi' by David Ellis

    Review: 'The Last Alibi' by David Ellis
    Anyone who has ever fantasized about killing someone couldn't do better in that fantasy world than to hire Jason Kolarich, a savvy, street-smart lawyer who is a product of novelist David Ellis' vivid imagination. -------------------- This piece first...