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    Illinois governor taken into custody

    (CNN) -- Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is in federal custody on corruption charges, a law enforcement official said Tuesday.

    Blagojevich and his chief of staff, John Harris, are charged with conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and solicitation of bribery, according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney's office for the Northern District of Illinois.

    Both men are expected in U.S. District Court in Chicago later Tuesday.

    A news conference is expected at noon ET.

    Federal prosecutors say Blagojevich, Harris and others conspired to gain financial benefits in appointing President-elect Barack Obama's Senate replacement, according to the statement.

    "The breadth of corruption laid out in these charges is staggering," U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald said in a statement. "They allege that Blagojevich put a 'for sale' sign on the naming of a United States Senator; involved himself personally in pay-to-play schemes with the urgency of a salesman meeting his annual sales target; and corruptly used his office in an effort to trample editorial voices of criticism."

    According to the statement, Blagojevich is alleged to have discussed obtaining:

    a substantial salary for himself at either a non-profit foundation or an organization affiliated with labor unions;

    a spot for his wife on paid corporate boards, where he speculated she might garner as much as $150,000 a year;

    promises of campaign funds -- including cash up front;

    a Cabinet post or ambassadorship for himself.

    The Obama transition team is aware that Blagojevich is in federal custody, but has no comment, according to a senior Democratic source.

    The statement also alleges that Blagojevich and others tried to illegally obtain campaign contributions.

    Blagojevich, Harris and others are also alleged to have withheld state assistance to the Tribune Company in connection with the sale of Wrigley Field. The statement says this was done to induce the firing of Chicago Tribune editorial board members who were critical of Blagojevich.

    Blagojevich, who turns 52 on Wednesday, is in his second four-year term as Illinois governor. His term ends in January 2011.

    Before being elected governor, he served as a U.S. congressman for Illinois' 5th district from 1997 until 2003, according to his online biography. He and his wife, Patti, have two daughters.

    Blagojevich announced last month that he was forming a panel to review candidates to fill Obama's Senate seat.

    Several Illinois Democrats -- including Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. and Iraq war veteran Tammy Duckworth, a former congressional candidate who now serves in Blagojevich's administration -- have been mentioned as possible Senate replacements for Obama.
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    All aboard for Leavenworth....trial first of course. I hear that Tony Rezko blew the whistle on him.

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    Maybe Rod can share a cell with his predecessor, George Ryan.

    What is it about Illinois Govs who get busted?
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    Chicago politics baby. You can't get power until you pay back some favors. This is old news to those of us here in the midwest, but I am schocked they actually are doing something about it.

    Internal investigations in Illinois are basically a game of whack-a-mole. Everyone's guilty, so they just have to choose the easiest one to nail.
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    Ahh,for some strange reason I'm starting to feel better about Louisiana politics.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bsbll4 View Post
    Chicago politics baby. You can't get power until you pay back some favors. This is old news to those of us here in the midwest, but I am schocked they actually are doing something about it.

    Internal investigations in Illinois are basically a game of whack-a-mole. Everyone's guilty, so they just have to choose the easiest one to nail.
    That's why they call Cook county (where Chicago is located) Crook County. Home sweet home for me!
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    Yesterday I heard a piece on NPR about Chicago privatizing their parking meters to generate a major influx of cash now, which will help them plug budget holes for the next several years. Maybe he was simply selling off the senate seat as another way of generating more funds for budget use?

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    Damn Obama's first pardon?
    That was pretty fast.

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    On top of it, he is also a Cubs fan.
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    The affidavit also outlines Blagojevich conversations related to Tribune Co., which has been hoping to sell Wrigley Field, the home of the Chicago Cubs which the publishing giant also owns.

    Blagojevich was quoted in court papers as telling Harris in a profanity laced Nov. 4 conversation that his recommendation to Tribune executives was to fire the editorial writers "and get us some editorial support."

    Harris is quoted as telling the governor Nov. 11 that an unnamed Tribune Owner, presumably CEO Sam Zell, "got the message and is very sensitive to the issue."

    The affidavit said Harris quoted a Tribune financial adviser as saying cuts were coming at the newspaper and "reading between the lines he's going after that section," apparently meaning editorial writers. Blagojevich is quoted as saying: "Oh, that's fantastic."
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    What the hell? He tried to pull funding for a children's hospital?
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    What a cluster. Altering how The Tribune Company would get funds to help out with the sale of the Cubs? What a crack up.

    I did notice at the meeting of the governors about 2 weeks ago that when Obama showed up, Rod almost ran up to him to shake his hand. Obama didn't even look him in the eye. He immediately went and started talking to some other governors. Did you all notice how Rod was nowhere near the Democratic National Convention? Now you know why.

    Who are we going to elect next as governor here in Illinois?

    Damn, OJ just went to jail? Who now?

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    How about Barry Bonds? He is still available.
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    That's why they call Cook county (where Chicago is located) Crook County. Home sweet home for me!
    Likewise for me, not to mention my dad's on the Cook County police force. Actually, I lied, I'm in Will, but I did call Cook home for a good fourteen years.

    You wouldn't believe the vehement hatred my best friend's dad has for Blagojevich, it's so funny. This guy's a fucking crook, and he always has been. Funniest thing is, he came off as the best replacement to Ryan when he was elected back in, when was it, '02?

    Either way, get him in jail. We need a stable governor around here, shit...
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    they should have arrested him years ago for having the worst haircut in politics!

    seriously, what the hell is up with that hair?

    this guy is a boob. no wonder Daley and Obama kept him at an arm's distance. they knew this guy was an idiot.

    his wife was even caught on tape yelling and screaming about that Wrigley deal. The only people I feel sorry for are his kids.

    Now this shit is goig to drag out forever.


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