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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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  • 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...
  • House ethics panel extends review of Gutierrez hiring of lobbyist

    House ethics panel extends review of Gutierrez hiring of lobbyist
    WASHINGTON — The House Ethics Committee said Monday it would continue to review Rep. Luis Gutierrez’s hiring of an Illinois lobbyist who was paid more than $590,000 to perform extensive duties for his congressional office. The lobbyist, Doug...
  • Free transit rides come with a price as numbers soar

    Free transit rides come with a price as numbers soar
    First it was Rod Blagojevich who sent free rides soaring on the Chicago area's transit system, and now the lingering effects of the Great Recession are keeping the numbers high, experts say. The former governor's gift of free rides to all Illinois...
  • Quinn gives pre-holiday pardons to 38

    Quinn gives pre-holiday pardons to 38
    Gov. Pat Quinn carried on his pre-holiday tradition of announcing action on clemency petitions, acting Tuesday to grant pardons to 38 people while rejecting 129 requests.  Among those pardoned by Quinn was John Esparza, who had a burglary conviction...
  • How Madigan builds his patronage army

     How Madigan builds his patronage army
    When House Speaker Michael Madigan accidentally triggered a patronage scandal at the Metra commuter rail agency, it was the result of two extraordinary events. First his request to boost the Metra salary of a longtime political worker was refused....
  • 'American Hustle' builds character from the scalp down

    'American Hustle' builds character from the scalp down
    At first I thought it was merely a result of not having had to run a comb across my own scalp since the first Bush administration that I found David O. Russell’s  “American Hustle” so follicularly fascinating — just watching the...
  • Prosecutors to seek up to 7 years in prison for Blagojevich fundraiser

    Prosecutors to seek up to 7 years in prison for Blagojevich fundraiser
    The fraud schemes of an influential Chicago businessman who figured in the downfall of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich demonstrates a pay-to-play mentality that should be punished by up to 7 years in prison, prosecutors said today in a court filing. A major...