Rod Blagojevich

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Rod Blagojevich is the Governor of Illinois.

Rod Blagojevich is the current Governor of Illinois. A Democrat, Blagojevich previously represented parts of Chicago in the U.S. Congress.

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Federal investigation

On December 9, 2008, Blagojevich was arrested at his home by federal agents. He had been under federal investigation since 2003 as part of a wider probe of corruption in Illinois. An affidavit released by U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald alleged Blagojevich was participating in a scheme to solicit bribes in exchange for an appointment to the U.S. Senate seat vacated by President Elect Barack Obama. Blagojevich allegedly discussed "selling" the Senate seat with his chief of staff, John Harris, who was also arrested.

In addition, the indictment alleges Blagojevich attempted to blackmail the owners of the Chicago Tribune. The governor allegedly threatened to withhold state financial assistance for Wrigley Field unless management at the paper eliminated positions on the Tribune editorial board.[1]

Money in politics

Committees and affiliations

Affiliations

Endorsements

Articles and resources

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References

  1. Keith Perine and Jonathan Allen, "Illinois Governor Arrested for Trying to Sell Senate Appointment," CQ Politics, December 9, 2008

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