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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 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-...
  • Report slams IDOT political hiring

    Report slams IDOT political hiring
    Gov. Pat Quinn failed to rein in patronage abuses at the state transportation agency after replacing now-imprisoned Rod Blagojevich, and Quinn's directors repeatedly hired politically connected workers in violation of the rules, the state's top ethics...
  • Holder's Ferguson passion imperils justice

    Holder's Ferguson passion imperils justice
    Though I've known prosecutors to try their cases in front of television cameras, Attorney General Eric Holder's visit to embattled Ferguson, Mo., left me with an especially queasy feeling. Nearly six years ago, Patrick Fitzgerald, at the time U.S....
  • Rauner hits Quinn on ex-chief of staff subpoena

    Rauner hits Quinn on ex-chief of staff subpoena
    Republican governor challenger Bruce Rauner on Sunday lashed out at the leadership of Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn, saying a federal subpoena for the emails of Quinn’s former chief of staff “goes right to the heart” of the administration....
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...