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Rod Blagojevich

Former Illinois governor, arrested on December 9, 2008 for allegedly trying to sell the Senate seat of Barack Obama to the highest bidder. On June 27, 2011, Blagojevich was convicted on 17 corruption-related counts, including trying to sell Obama's seat.

None of that should come as much of a surprise due to the level of corruption in Illinois and also due to "Blago"'s strong past support for illegal immigration. That went as far as giving illegal aliens a better deal than veterans and supporting illegal aliens marching through Chicago at events organized by those linked to the Mexican government.

Blagojevich spoke at the March 10 Chicago march (Thousands Flood Loop In Protest)

He appointed members of the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights to the Illinois state New Americans Immigrant Policy Council. The president of the ICIRR (Juan Salgado) is linked to the Mexican government.

See also: Feds probe gift to governor, Immigration What's Next, Governor meeting just before extortion attempt, and Feds probe real estate deals.

Affiliation: Democratic Party

Last modified Jun 27, 2011
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Rod Blagojevich to write tell-all book "The Governor" - 03/02/09

Former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich is writing a tell-all tome for Phoenix Books (link). Tentatively titled "The Governor", he's reportedly received a six-figure advance. If it's really a tell-all, he'll probably have to spend half of that on bodyguards: Mr. Blagojevich’s book will cover the governor’s downfall directly, a news release from Mr. Selig’s agency said, and offer Mr. Blagojevich’...

"Dear Rod": form letter from Obama to Blagojevich - 01/06/09

... obtained two letters sent to Rod Blagojevich; one from Barack Obama himself, the other from his transition team. PDFs at that link. Unfortunately, both appear to be form letters sent out after the National Governors Association on December 2, 2008 in Philadelphia. The one from Obama pawns off all contact on Nick Rathod. The other letter is from Valerie Jarrett, John Podesta, and Pete Rouse, and...

Obama transition releases report on staff contacts with Rod Blagojevich - 12/23/08

... of "qualified candidates" to Rod Blagojevich after Valerie Jarrett pulled out of the running. Those on the list "included" (were there other names?): Jan Schakowsky, Jesse Jackson Jr, Dan Hynes, and Tammy Duckworth:

Sun-Times: Rahm Emanuel had direct contact with Blagojevich over Senate seat - 12/19/08

From Natasha Korecki comes this: President-elect Barack Obama's incoming chief of staff Rahm Emanuel had a deeper involvement in pressing for a U.S. Senate seat appointment than previously reported, the Sun-Times has learned. Emanuel had direct discussions about the seat with Gov. Blagojevich, who is is accused of trying to auction it to the highest bidder. Emanuel talked with the governor in...

Obama/Blago picture deleted from Illinois state website - 12/15/08

... recently-arrested Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich? If not, see this 12/10 post. Now, the state of Illinois has deleted from their website the PDF that contained that picture. It was in the state publication "Governors Gazette" and originally at illinois.gov/govgazette/pdfs/Gazetteedition_2008Nov.pdf That page now returns a 404 not found, as does Version 2 of that Gazette (originally located at...

Illinois Governor's Gazette: homepage and Version 2 - 12/15/08

The following two documents were originally located at illinois.gov/govgazette/ and at illinois.gov/govgazette/pdfs/Gazetteedition_2008Nov_2.pdf. Those two were basically the same, and that entire document tree was deleted. Both documents were retrieved from Google's cache. They don't appear to contain anything noteworthy, but neither cached document had whatever photos were in the original. The...

KHQA pulls 11/5 article on Obama meeting with Blagojevich (cached copy) - 12/10/08

... recently-arrested Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich on the afternoon of 11/5. It was previously at this link, but that now says it's "unavailable". However, here's a copy from the Google cache: Ill. governor meeting with Obama today By Carol Sowers Wednesday, November 05, 2008 at 10:39 a.m. CHICAGO, ILL. -- Now that Barack Obama will be moving to the White House, his seat in the U.S. Senate...

Photo: Barack Obama and Rod Blagojevich confer about Senate replacement - 12/10/08

... recently-arrested IL governor Rod Blagojevich. It could conceivably have taken place months before and in relation to something else, but there's a very good chance it was taken sometime just after Obama was elected. A screengrab of the first page of the Gazette is here. The PDF of the Gazette is here. Note that the text of that portion of the Gazette is the same as this page dated November 5,...

Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich arrested by FBI on federal corruption charges; accused of trying to sell Obama's senate seat - 12/09/08

Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich - aka "Blago" - and his chief of staff have been arrested for trying to sell Barack Obama's Senate seat. And, Barack Obama - or at least his advisor Valerie Jarrett - probably knew what he was doing; see the "SEIU Official" paragraph below. And, Obama may have lied about his recent conversations with Blago; see the first update. Uh-oh: Obama might be more worried...

FactCheck looks, can't find "Chicago Way" (McCain Obama ad) - 09/23/08

... Daley, Emil Jones, Tony Rezko, Rod Blagojevich. Per them, the first isn't dirty, the second is only a little dirty, and there's no evidence that BHO was involved in any funny business with the last two.

Immigration march organizers have foreign links - 08/15/08

... Daley, and Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich, all members of the Democratic Party. 3. The group that organized the March 10 Chicago march first met on February 15, 2006. The two who convened the meeting were Artemio Arreola (an organizer in a Service Employees International Union local) and Omar Lopez (Chicago Giant put rest of country on notice). Both of those serve on an advisory council to...

Felipe Calderon Feb. 2008 U.S. visit: Eliot Spitzer, Blagojevich, Schwarzenegger, Villaraigosa, Fabian Nunez - 02/09/08

... Spitzer * Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich * California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger * Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa * Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez (private meeting) UPDATE: According to this: ...officials said he'll meet with Mayor Richard Daley, Gov. Rod Blagojevich and other leaders... ...includes a private meeting with some Mexican community leaders at McCormick Place...

Illinois gov. Rod Blagojevich now part of FBI's "pay-to-play" corruption investigation - 12/22/07

From this: Federal prosecutors for the first time brought their corruption investigation to the desk of Gov.

Felipe Calderon explicitly wants Mexican consuls to meddle in U.S. immigration debate (non-profits) - 12/07/07

... is in turn linked not just to Rod Blagojevich but also to the Blue America PAC (run by some bloggers). Another frequent quote source, the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials, has a direct albeit somewhat minor link to the Mexican government. New Haven's Junta for Progressive Action is/was collaborating with that government and sued to block immigration raids....

DOJ sues Illinois over statewide sanctuary policy (Blagojevich) - 09/24/07

... legislature and signed by the Governor (Rod Blagojevich) that prohibits employers from enrolling in the Department's E-Verify system is invalid. "E-verify or the Basic Pilot Program, authorized by Congress, is the on-line system that allows employers to verify whether new hires are allowed to work in the United States," said Carl Nichols, Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Justice...

Rod Blagojevich, Luis Gutierrez, and the alleged FALN terrorist - 09/08/07

... high-ranking official in Gov. [Rod Blagojevich]'s office spent nearly two years in a federal prison for refusing to aid a government terrorism probe into a series of bombings in Chicago and New York City. Steven Guerra, Blagojevich's $120,000-a-year deputy chief of staff for community services, was identified by federal prosecutors as a member of the Puerto Rican separatist group, FALN, which...

Media alert: Elvira Arellano has left the sanctuary (L.A., DC on tour) - 08/17/07

... Mayor Richard Daley, Governor Rod Blagojevich, and U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez are backers, Barack Obama and Dick Durbin unfortunately realize how much of a liability supporting her would be. But, perhaps if we worked at it they could be brought around to support "immigrants rights".

Esther J. Cepeda: towns enforcing immigration laws could lead to "neighborhood lynchings" - 07/05/07

The column here ("Beginning of the end?/Towns across America are taking illegal immigration control into their own hands a

Senate immigration amnesty bill: the downsides - 05/23/07

... work, note that Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich's "New Americans Immigrant Policy Council" includes an organization which is headed by someone linked to the Mexican government (Juan Salgado). David Frum has also discussed the downsides. In this post, he discloses that Bush has apparently never heard the pro-enforcement side of the argument. No big surprise there. And, from this: With this...

Illinois House approves driver's licenses for illegal aliens - 03/28/07

The Illinois House approved HR 1100 earlier today, which would give illegal aliens "driving certificates" which supposedly would (link to text): clearly state on its face that it may not be accepted by any federal agency for any federal identification or other official purpose...

Can Barack Obama answer this? - 02/25/07

... event, as did Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich and Chicago mayor Richard Daley. Here's the question: You spoke at the May 1, 2006 illegal immigration march in Chicago. Some of the key organizers of that march have links to the Mexican government and Mexican political parties. Leaving aside your thoughts on immigration 'reform', is it proper for a U.S. Senator to support foreign citizens...

Will Rod Blagojevich pro-illegal immigration scheme violate law? - 12/13/06

... November 2005, Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich - a very strong supporter of illegal immigration - created the "New Americans Immigrant Policy Council" (press release link) to come up with ways to deal with immigrants in his state. The report from the NAIPC has been released, as has a report from a similar panel. Blago has endorsed their findings, but has not committed any money. And, whether...

ICIRR in suit against Terry Goddard over Western Union wire transfers - 10/19/06

... commission by Chicago governor Rod Blagojevich. Another group involved in the suit is the Instituto del Progreso Latino, whose Executive Director is Juan Salgado. But, wait, there's more: [ICIRR Executive Director Josh] Hoyt acknowledged his organization has received grants in the past from Western Union, and confirmed that some of the information for the lawsuit came from the company. But he...

The Case of Elvira Arellano - 10/07/06

... immigration authorities from Gov. Rod Blagojevich, the son of a Serbian immigrant, who's facing a tough reelection campaign, backing Arellano and others in a similar plight. There's also a letter from Chicago Mayor Richard Daley, who's tried to refuel his father's Democratic Party machine with the help of loyalists in the Hispanic Democratic Organization--although some of these backers currently...

FBI probes Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich; hiring kickback? - 09/12/06

... allegations by the wife of Gov. Rod Blagojevich's former campaign treasurer that her state job may have come in return for a $1,500 personal check her husband wrote to one of Blagojevich's children. The inquiry is the first public indication that Blagojevich and his personal finances are under federal scrutiny as part of a sweeping criminal probe of political hiring in his administration...

Chicago illegal immigration march organizer is PRD official - 07/20/06

... PRD Party. Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich, U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez, and mayor Richard M. Daley all attended and spoke at that rally. This is yet another link between the Democratic Party and Mexican political parties. The official in question is Jorge Mujica. He's identified here as a spokesman for the March 10 Committee (also called the "Diez de Marzo" committee). And, he's identified here...

March 10 Committee (illegal alien rally) want immediate citizenship for all - 05/23/06

The March 10 Committee organized the big Chicago rally in favor of illegal immigration.

Chicago immigration "debate": ICIRR pulls out; far-lefties go nuts - 05/05/06

An immigration "debate" was scheduled in Chicago yesterday, to feature the local Minuteman Project chapter squaring off against the Blagojevich-linked Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights.

The "Immigrant" Rights Movement - 04/30/06

Did you know there's a growing "Immigrant" Rights Movement? Of course, most Americans will refer to that "movement" as "foreign citizens who are here illegally marching in our streets making a show of force and demanding rights to which they aren't entitled", but many news/propaganda organizations seem to prefer the first term. And, not just because it's shorter but - of course - because it's...

Links between the Democratic Party and the Mexican government - 04/22/06

... Vicente Fox." Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich, U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez, and Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley all appeared at the rally, and all are Democrats. Georgia: An organizer of the Georgia boycott is a former consul general of Mexico. Another group involved in organizing that was the Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials, whose founders include Sam Zamarripa and Pedro Marin....