A timeline of the career of embattled Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich
Created by sjrmultimedia on Jan 4, 2009
Last updated: 03/15/12 at 08:11 AM
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A federal jury found former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich guilty on Tuesday of one count of lying to federal agents, and the judge said he intends to declare a mistrial on the remaining counts. Prosecutors said immediately after the verdict was read that they intend to retry the case against Blagojevich and his co-defendant brother as soon as possible.
Blagojevich says it is his decision that he will not testify in his corruption trial. The defense rests its case.
Jury selection begins in the corruption trial of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich. (AP photo)
Illinois' child-welfare agency and state police helped pay for ousted Gov. Rod Blagojevich's research on impeachment under his policy of charging his office's legal costs to other departments, the state auditor said Tuesday.
The Illinois Senate approved House Bill 5109, which forbids the use of state money for Blagojevich’s official Statehouse portrait. The measure was sent to Gov. Pat Quinn for his signature.
Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s lawyers asked a federal judge to issue a subpoena for President Barack Obama to testify as a witness at his corruption trial. The request was later denied.
On the one-year anniversary of Blagojevich’s arrest, Quinn is expected to approve that revised campaign finance bill as a signal of government’s commitment to cleaning up its image.
Lawmakers approve a revised campaign finance bill that puts tighter limits on campaign donations. Republicans say it’s still not strong enough in the wake of Blagojevich’s problems.
Quinn vetoes the campaign finance measure, saying lawmakers need to make it stronger.
State lawmakers send Quinn a campaign finance reform package aimed at reducing the influence of money in politics, spurred by Blagojevich’s removal. Other government reform measures were approved during the spring session.
Nearly four months after his shocking arrest on corruption allegations and nine weeks after the Illinois Senate convicted him in an impeachment trial and removed him as the state's 40th governor, Rod Blagojevich was formally indicted today by the U.S. attorney in Chicago. Springfield businessman Bill Cellini, Blagojevich's brother and chief of staff are among the six people who have been indicted.
Blagojevich is indicted along with five others on a variety of charges that he misused the power of office for personal and political benefit. He pleads not guilty.
The former governor filled in as a radio talk show host Wednesday, a morning gig complete with Elvis Presley intro music, rants against the government and a lineup of sympathetic callers and guests.
Terence P. Gillespie has joined the team of lawyers representing ousted Gov. Rod Blagojevich against federal corruption charges.
The former governor continues his national media tour by appearing on CBS' late-night talk show.
Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich says he's saddened, but not surprised, by the Illinois Senate's 59-0 decision to boot him from office today.
The Senate impeachment trial of Gov. Rod Blagojevich has concluded for the day, with the prosecution resting its case.The trial resumes at 10 a.m. tomorrow. Before wrapping things up today, Chief Justice Thomas Fitzgerald, who is presiding over the trial, asked whether the governor or his attorneys were present so they could offer their defense. No one responded to his inquiry.
Gov. Rod Blagojevich is boycotting his impeachment trial in the Illinois Senate, but senators still got a chance to hear his voice Tuesday. On the second day of Blagojevich’s impeachment trial, House prosecutors played portions of four secretly made recordings of Blagojevich phone conversations.
Beginning at noon today, the Illinois Senate will begin work on what is the trial of the century in Illinois.
Actually, the impeachment trial of Gov. Rod Blagojevich is more like the trial of the last two and a half centuries. It is the first time since the 1830s that the chamber has conducted an impeachment trial and the first time ever it will sit in judgment of a sitting governor.
The women of “The View” yukked it up with Gov. Rod Blagojevich, mussed his often-mocked helmet of hair and asked him to do impersonations of former President Richard Nixon during a surreal media tour by the embattled Democrat who could be ousted from office in a few days.
Gov. Rod Blagojevich's attorneys resigned Friday over a Senate impeachment trial that one compared to a "lynching," but his lead attorney said he will still defend him on federal criminal charges.
By any standard, Wednesday was one of the oddest days in Illinois Senate history.
And as it turned out, it also was one of the quietest.
Impeached Gov. Rod Blagojevich presided over the start of a new version of the Senate, the very body that will soon decide if he should be removed from office.
In a historic political move, the Illinois House voted 114-1 Friday to impeach Gov. Rod Blagojevich, a month after his arrest on federal corruption allegations.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has revoked embattled Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s access to federal security information. The move withdraws the governor’s access to information, although Blagojevich spokesman Lucio Guerrero said other individuals within state and local government have access.
Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s surprise appointment of former state Attorney General Roland Burris to fill President Elect Barrack Obama's vacant U.S. Senate seat
A combative Gov. Rod Blagojevich served notice that he has no intention of quitting over his corruption arrest, declaring: "I will fight. I will fight. I will fight until I take my last breath. I have done nothing wrong."
Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan said that Gov. Rod Blagojevich isn’t entitled to a taxpayer-funded legal defense, dismissing requests from his attorney who claimed there was a misunderstanding about what he wanted.
After meeting for less than two hours, a special committee of House lawmakers today concluded its first day of an investigation into whether embattled Gov. Rod Blagojevich should be impeached.
The Illinois House voted 113-0 to authorize an impeachment investigation of Gov. Rod Blagojevich but skipped a chance to strip Blagojevich of the power to appoint Barack Obama’s replacement in the U.S. Senate
Attorney General Lisa Madigan asked the Supreme Court to declare Blagojevich unfit to serve, likening his corruption scandal to a debilitating illness as she ramped up pressure on the governor to resign. The move seeks to hand power over to the lieutenant governor. “I recognize that this is an extraordinary request, but these are extraordinary circumstances,” Madigan said. It is the first time in Illinois history that such an action was taken. The attorney general is applying a rule that was intended to cover cases in which a governor is incapacitated for health reasons.
Blagojevich and chief of staff John Harris, 46, arrested as part of what federal prosecutors call as “political corruption crime spree,” including conspiring to sell or trade a U.S. Senate seat vacated by President-elect Barack Obama and engaging in “pay-to-play” politics by awarding state jobs, contracts and appointments in return for political contributions.
Blagojevich angrily denies he is target of federal corruption investigation. In contentious exchange with reporters, he calls questions about the probe “ridiculous,” “absurd” and “stupid.” “You guys should get a life and focus on some other issues,” Blagojevich said.
Rezko is convicted of fraud, money laundering and aiding and abetting bribery in a plot to squeeze illegal payoffs out of firms hoping to do business with the state.
State Sen. Larry Bomke, R-Springfield, calls for Blagojevich impeachment after governor proposes to move 150 Illinois Department of Transportation jobs from Springfield to southern Illinois. A lawsuit is later filed to block the move.
Blagojevich dismisses questions about the federal probe as irrelevant. “They just like controversy and tangents that have no relevance to the quality of life for people,” Blagojevich said of reporters who tried to question him about the investigation.
Federal prosecutors release a document in which the governor allegedly boasted to a key witness that he “could award contracts, legal work and investment banking” to boost campaign fundraising.
Former top Blagojevich fundraiser Christopher Kelly, 49, charged with tax fraud.
Lawmakers approve a budget over Blagojevich’s objections.