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Illinois Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich and his Chief of Staff, John Harris, were arrested today by FBI agents on federal corruption charges alleging that they and others are engaging in ongoing criminal activity: conspiring to obtain personal financial benefits for Blagojevich by leveraging his sole authority to appoint a United States Senator; threatening to withhold substantial state assistance to the Tribune Company in connection with the sale of Wrigley Field to induce the firing of Chicago Tribune editorial board members sharply critical of Blagojevich; and to obtain campaign contributions in exchange for official actions – both historically and now in a push before a new state ethics law takes effect January 1, 2009.

Blagojevich, 51, and Harris, 46, both of Chicago, were each charged with conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and solicitation of bribery. They were charged in a two-count criminal complaint that was sworn out on Sunday and unsealed today following their arrests, which occurred without incident, announced Patrick J. Fitzgerald, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, and Robert D. Grant, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Both men were expected to appear later today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Nan Nolan in U.S. District Court in Chicago.

http://cbs2chicago.com/local/rod.blagojevich.charged.2.883170.html

I'm just grateful Obama has nothing to do with these kind of politics.

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Only the timing came as a surprise to us locals.

Sad thing is, the Republicans were swept out of office for being dirty, as former gov George Ryan rots in jail this very day.

Business as usual in the People's Republic of Illinois.

Good to know our 10.25 tax rate is being put to good use....and the state is still almost bankrupt.

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Only the timing came as a surprise to us locals.

Sad thing is, the Republicans were swept out of office for being dirty, as former gov George Ryan rots in jail this very day.

Business as usual in the People's Republic of Illinois.

Good to know our 10.25 tax rate is being put to good use....and the state is still almost bankrupt.

WOW! 10.25? They can never have enough money...If they had 90.25, they'd still be broke.

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If you arrest all the corrupt politicians in this country you'll end up with a Libertarian government and a Green opposition. Truth.

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If you arrest all the corrupt politicians in this country you'll end up with a Libertarian government and a Green opposition. Truth.

For the first 5 months or so.

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Yes, but Blago is taking this to a whole new level.

Blatant disregard for the law.

And from what I'm hearing, this is just the beginning.

This was done to block him from appointing a serious douchebag, corrupt, in his pocket type to Obama's senate seat.

So in other words, MUCH more to come.

And again, no surprise to anyone here.

If the Republican party wasn't essentially dead here, he never would have been governor.

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Lock him up and throw away the key.

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He'll be joining like 4 former IL govs in the slammer.

It really sickens, but we are almost used to it, which is pretty pathetic.

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He should go to jail for those Bama bangs.

ZING!

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Some things just don't change in Illinois. ;)

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For the first 5 months or so.

Agreed

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