Rod Blagojevich , the ex-Illinois governor on trial for the second time for alleged political corruption, denied some of the charges against him in a day of testimony sprinkled with celebrity references.
Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, convicted of trying to trade a U.S. Senate seat for personal favors or campaign cash, may face more prison time than the 6 1/2-year term his predecessor got for political corruption.
Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich’s 14-year prison sentence should send the message that the public and judges are fed up with the state’s history of corruption, said the U.S. Attorney who prosecuted the case.
Standing between the hot-food bar and the stir-fry line in the Chicago federal courthouse cafeteria, Rod Blagojevich jokes with a Bloomberg reporter. He offers her a Pepsi, after learning she lives in Coca-Cola’s hometown, Atlanta.