Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich was arrested and taken into federal custody this morning, Tuesday December 9th 2008 on federal corruption charges for attempting to sell President Elect Barack Obamas now vacant Senate seat for “favors” The Chicago Tribune has reported that the three-year corruption investigation of pay-to-play politics in Blagojevich’s administration “has expanded to include his impending selection of a new U.S. senator to succeed President-elect Barack Obama.”
There was, apparently, reason to believe Blagojevich’s search for Obama’s replacement has become “tainted.” MSNBC reports that a 76-page FBI affidavit says the 51-year-old Democrat was intercepted on court-authorized wiretaps over the last month conspiring to sell or trade the vacant Senate seat for personal benefits for himself and his wife, Patti. This is not the first time Governor Rod Blagojevich has had his name in the public spotlight. Governor Rod Blagojevich has been under ethic investigation for a few years.
Slightly ironic is the fact that Governor Rod Blagojevich turns 53 tomorrow, December 10th 2008. Governor Rod Blagojevich is married to his wife Patti. Governor Blagojevich and his wife Patti have two daughters, Amy age 10 and Annie age 4. Rod Blagojevich was first elected Illinois governor in 2002; he was re-elected in 2006. Before becoming the Governor of Illinois Rod Blagojevich was elected into the Illinois House of Representatives. He served in the Illinois House of Representatives from 1992 until 1996. After that Rod Blagojevich served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1996 until 2002.
Governor Rod Blagojevich started his career in law. He earned his law degree from Pepperdine School of Law in 1983.
Governor Rod Blagojevich has had many great accomplishments since taking office including helping more then 40,000 get health care. He also helped make Illinois the first state to offer uninsured women they ability to have mammogram screenings and cervical cancer screening. Governor Blagojevich has also helped create free preschool for all children.
Governor Rod Blagojevich also recently created a hospital assessment plan. This assessment plan for hospitals has won approval from the Federal Government. The assessment plan will direct over $775 million of federal dollars to Illinois hospitals and Medicaid provider. Governor Blagojevich has been a champion for health care in the state of Illinois.
In early December 2008 Governor Blagojevich deployed the Illinois Rapid Response team to aid workers impacted by United States Steel Corporation’s announcement to temporarily close its facility in Granite City, IL.