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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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  • Perry v. Lehmberg and the veto that illuminated an unsettling trend [Commentary]

    Perry v. Lehmberg and the veto that illuminated an unsettling trend [Commentary]
    A truism: Almost nobody looks good in his booking photo. That said, the 47th governor of Texas, one James Richard Perry, certainly gave it his best shot when he faced the camera at the Travis County Courthouse last week. The resultant image is ... not...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Former Illinois Rep. Ken Gray dies at 89

    Former Illinois Rep. Ken Gray dies at 89
    Former U.S. Representative Ken Gray of Illinois, once known as the "Prince of Pork" for his ability to win federal support for his district, has died at age 89. Gray, a Democrat, died Saturday at a hospital in Herrin, Ill., according to the Parker-Reedy...
  • Blago lawyers: Supreme Court decision supports ex-governor's appeal

    Blago lawyers: Supreme Court decision supports ex-governor's appeal
    In a filing Wednesday with the federal appeals court in Chicago, an attorney for Rod Blagojevich contends that a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision supports the former governor’s position on a key issue in the appeal of his corruption conviction....
  • Prosecutors say recent Supreme Court decision has no bearing on Blagojevich conviction

    Prosecutors say recent Supreme Court decision has no bearing on Blagojevich conviction
    Federal prosecutors said in a court filing today that a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision involving campaign contributions should have no bearing on former Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s appeal of his corruption conviction and 14-year sentence. The...
  • Supreme Court Limits Progressivism

    Two 5-4 decisions last week on the final decision day of the Supreme Court's term dealt with issues that illustrate the legal consequences of political tactics by today's progressives. One case demonstrated how progressivism's achievement, the...
  • Feds ask for 90-day delay in lawmaker probe of Quinn grants

    Feds ask for 90-day delay in lawmaker probe of Quinn grants
    SPRINGFIELD — Federal authorities investigating Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn’s $54.5 million anti-violence grant program on Wednesday asked state lawmakers doing their own probe to hold off 90 days — a request that’s likely to be...