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UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014.
By United Press International
Subpoenas issued in N.J. legislative probe of bridge lane closures

Subpoenas issued in N.J. legislative probe of bridge lane closures

TRENTON, N.J., Jan. 16 (UPI) -- A New Jersey legislative panel issued 20 subpoenas Thursday for documents in its investigation of the apparent political-payback bridge lane-closure scandal.
N.J. lawmakers hire special prosecutor in bridge scandal

N.J. lawmakers hire special prosecutor in bridge scandal

TRENTON, N.J., Jan. 15 (UPI) -- New Jersey lawmakers said Wednesday former U.S. prosecutor Reid Schar will serve as special counsel for an investigation into the so-called Bridgegate scandal.

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UPI Almanac for Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013.
By United Press International
Court hears ex-Gov. Blagojevich's appeal of corruption conviction

Court hears ex-Gov. Blagojevich's appeal of corruption conviction

CHICAGO, Dec. 13 (UPI) -- A judge hearing former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's appeal of his corruption conviction Friday asked if Dwight Eisenhower should have gone to prison as well.
Rod Blagojevich appeal is 'extraordinary'

Rod Blagojevich appeal is 'extraordinary'

Nov. 14 (UPI) -- Disgraced former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich hoped to convince a federal appeals court to reconsider his corruption conviction for trying to sell the Senate seat of then-president-elect Barack Obama, but prosecutors aren't having it.
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Prosecutors respond to Blagojevich's appeal of corruption conviction

Prosecutors respond to Blagojevich's appeal of corruption conviction

SPRINGFIELD, Ill., Nov. 13 (UPI) -- Federal prosecutors urged an appeals court to reject former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's appeal of his conviction on bribery and fraud charges.
Prosecutors seek at least 28 years for Kwame Kilpatrick

Prosecutors seek at least 28 years for Kwame Kilpatrick

DETROIT, Oct. 3 (UPI) -- Federal prosecutors, saying former Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick's corruption cost Detroit millions of dollars, Thursday asked for a sentence of 28 years or more.
The Issue: Political corruption

The Issue: Political corruption

Illinois has a long tradition of sending politicians to prison -- congressmen, governors, local politicians, Republicans, Democrats -- it's all good.
MARCELLA KREITER, United Press International

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UPI Almanac for Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013.
By United Press International

Deb Mell, Chicago alderman's daughter, succeeds her father in office

CHICAGO, July 24 (UPI) -- Deb Mell, ex-Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's sister-in-law, Wednesday replaced her father Richard Mell, as alderman on the Chicago City Council.
Blagojevich team files appeal of conviction, prison term

Blagojevich team files appeal of conviction, prison term

CHICAGO, July 16 (UPI) -- In an appeal, lawyers for disgraced former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich argued the trial judge's evidentiary rulings favored prosecutors, among other things.

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UPI Almanac for Thursday, June 27, 2013.
By United Press International

Ill. House OKs eliminating lieutenant governor position

SPRINGFIELD, Ill., April 12 (UPI) -- The Illinois House approved and sent to the Senate a measure that would ask the voters whether the office of lieutenant governor should be eliminated.
Axelrod signs deal for autobiography

Axelrod signs deal for autobiography

CHICAGO, April 9 (UPI) -- David Axelrod, the political strategist who helped propel U.S. President Barack Obama to the White House, is writing a memoir, his publisher said.
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Milorad "Rod" R. Blagojevich (i/bləˈɡɔɪ.əvɪtʃ/; Serbian Cyrillic: Род Благојевић; born December 10, 1956) is an American politician who served as the 40th Governor of Illinois from 2003 to 2009. A Democrat, Blagojevich was a State Representative before being elected to the United States House of Representatives representing parts of Chicago. He was elected governor in 2002.

Blagojevich was arrested on federal corruption charges including conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and solicitation of bribery December 9, 2008. As a result, on January 9, 2009, the Illinois House of Representatives voted to impeach Blagojevich by a 114–1 vote for corruption and misconduct in office, the first time such an action has been taken against a governor of Illinois, making him the second state official in Illinois history to be impeached. The Illinois State Senate unanimously found him guilty of the charges of impeachment, and he was removed from office on January 29, 2009. In a separate, also unanimous vote, Blagojevich was banned for life from holding public office in the State of Illinois. On August 17, 2010 Blagojevich was found guilty of lying to the FBI; on June 27, 2011, Blagojevich was found guilty on 17 of 20 counts presented during his retrial.

Blagojevich, often referred to by the nickname "Blago" in print and other media, was the first Democrat to be elected Governor of Illinois since Daniel Walker in 1972. He struggled to pass legislation and budgets and had historically low approval ratings within Illinois; at one time the Rasmussen Reports ranked him "America's Least Popular Governor" even before the news of his corruption investigation broke.

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