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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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  • Busy day at the polls: Missing judges, ballot confusion, steady lines of voters

    Busy day at the polls: Missing judges, ballot confusion, steady lines of voters
    Illinois voters headed to the polls Tuesday to settle a close, contentious race for governor and decide an unusually large number of ballot questions as well as races for U.S. SenateĀ andĀ House, the General Assembly and the County Board. Missing election...
  • Blago brother says in book feds tried to make him 'pawn'; Rod refuses to see him

    Blago brother says in book feds tried to make him 'pawn'; Rod refuses to see him
    The brother of imprisoned former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich says in a new book that prosecutors tried to use him as a pawn to get his younger sibling on charges he sought to sell or trade an appointment to President Barack Obama's vacated U.S. Senate...
  • Clemency seekers press departing Gov. Quinn for help

     Clemency seekers press departing Gov. Quinn for help
    Amid the more than 3,000 clemency petitions sitting on Gov. Pat Quinn's desk is a plea from Wilder "Ken" Berry, a 45-year-old single father who spent eight years in prison for a sexual assault he didn't commit. He has been publicly cleared of the...
  • Losing Judy Baar Topinka, an everywoman

    Losing Judy Baar Topinka, an everywoman
    You know this if you were a close friend of hers or if you just saw it on a TV commercial: Nobody appreciated a good yard sale more than Judy Baar Topinka did. It wasn’t just campaign shtick. It was true. She could be deep in conversation about...
  • Obama friend Whitaker to be in federal court in Springfield Monday

    Obama friend Whitaker to be in federal court in Springfield Monday
    President Barack Obama's close friend Eric Whitaker will be in a federal courtroom Monday as a judge considers whether the former state public health director should be designated a hostile witness in a multimillion-dollar state grant fraud trial of a...
  • Madigan, White win; treasurer's race too close to call

    Madigan, White win; treasurer's race too close to call
    Three Illinois executive office holders declared early victories Tuesday night. Voters favored well-known, long-serving Attorney General Lisa Madigan and Secretary of State Jesse White, both Democrats, over their rookie Republican challengers. In...
  • By electing Rauner, Illinois grabs for growth and jobs

    By electing Rauner, Illinois grabs for growth and jobs
    Illinoisans awoke Wednesday to an oddity: azure Illinois raising to 10 the number of Midwest states turning to Republican governors for economic growth and job creation. We can't say with confidence how many Illinois Democrats marched behind enemy lines...
  • Quinn concedes defeat to Rauner in Illinois governor's race

    Quinn concedes defeat to Rauner in Illinois governor's race
    Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn conceded Wednesday afternoon to Republican challenger Bruce Rauner, a day after the most expensive and bitter contest for chief executive in Illinois history. "It's clear that we do not have enough votes to win the election,"...
  • Illinois governor race: Rauner looks to future as Quinn concedes defeat

    Illinois governor race: Rauner looks to future as Quinn concedes defeat
    Bruce Rauner moved forward Wednesday with plans to become Illinois' 42nd governor by selecting his running mate to lead his transition team, as Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn acknowledged he could not overcome a significant vote deficit. A day after voting...
  • Why I'm voting for Pat Quinn

    Why I'm voting for Pat Quinn
    Last Sunday in these pages, under the headline "Why I'm voting for Bruce Rauner," my colleague Steve Chapman explained why he favors the Republican challenger in next week's gubernatorial election. Today, in response, I'll explain why I favor...
  • Thanks, G-Man Gary Shapiro, for your quiet war on Chicago criminals

    Thanks, G-Man Gary Shapiro, for your quiet war on Chicago criminals
    Shall we judge Gary Shapiro by the sleazy company he's kept in Chicago? Over here we have Joey "The Clown" Lombardo, James Marcello and Frank Calabrese Sr., all top mobsters sentenced to life for some of the Chicago Outfit's most notorious murders and...