December 9th, 2008
03:11 PM ET
5 years ago

Blagojevich free on $4,500 bail

CHICAGO, Illinois (CNN) – Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich appeared in court Tuesday afternoon to hear corruption charges against him. Bail was set at $4,500, and Blagojevich was then released on his own recognizance.

He also had to forfeit his passport.


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  1. gt

    let him stay with o j in prison .......

    December 9, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  2. Rick

    Just in this week alone we have Charlie Wrangle…tax cheat, fraud and corrupt liar.
    William Jefferson……thief, tax cheat and corrupt liar.
    Rod Blogojevich…….corrupt liar, thief, blackmailer.

    What do they all have in common? Hmmm, let me see….oh yeah, they are all democrats, the party of zero ethics.

    December 9, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  3. Peter

    *sigh* Im from Illinois and Im ashamed of my Governor....Its going to be tough for Dems to win in 2010 in Illinois.

    December 9, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  4. Hold on to your hats!

    This is going to go deep !
    Obama is from chicago politics this could get very interesting!
    The Gov and Obama do have rezco in common there could be more.

    December 9, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  5. Jersey Ceze

    I hope they lock him up with Ted Stevens and a Reality Show is created about it."Who wants to be a corrupt politician?"

    December 9, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  6. Kathy S. Cloughn

    I can see the Republicans blaming the Democrats and the party for this. He acted on his own, for his own benefit and shouldn't be allowed to spread the blame over innocent people.

    December 9, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  7. pete

    He was let out on bond for $4,500? For all the money he is making(squeezing people) and not to mention his state salary of 155,000 he paid a bond of $4,500. GIVE ME A BREAK! The guy tried to sell a U.S. Senate seat to the highest bidder.

    December 9, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  8. Georgia Gal

    $4,500 ... that's it??

    December 9, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  9. Tremend18

    J S Ragman, great point....the system is so screwed up...i'm from IL and this guy has always given me the creeps

    December 9, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  10. WaltIllinois

    Illinois politics needs to burn down and start over. That simple.

    December 9, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  11. caffe-k - illini

    First George Ryan, now Blagoevich. Why don't these guys learn the lessons of history. If your extort money, somebody is going to tell and YOU will go to jail. Stupid and shameful

    December 9, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  12. tee

    He just got caught, they are all dirty all across the USA. He made someone mad, so the powers that be went after him. 4500 dollars bail. What did he really do? Look at the mess this country is in.
    Corruption all across the board.

    December 9, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  13. Kaye- Jacksonville FL

    Ok – this might not be pertinent to the indictment, but it caught my eye.

    Did i read that the Lt Gov of Illinois had not spoken "at length" to the Governor since the summer of 2007? Here's what it says in the front page story: "Quinn said he had not spoken to Blagojevich at length since summer 2007."

    Geez – what kind of state government is THAT? Never a dull moment in the world of politics – regardless of party, state or level.

    December 9, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  14. FreeNLovIt

    To Rob

    What happened with Palin? Please tell me the story. Did she or did she not , use her influence through her husband and staff to pressure the guy that was fired?

    December 9, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  15. Precious Coker, NY

    This guy must belong in the "MOB"

    December 9, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  16. SCOLO

    I would just like to say that as a citizen of Illinois – today is a very happy day for me! I'm ecstatic at the fact that justice may come to this fool! It's been incredibly frustrating to have him as a Governor. My mom just lost her job with the state after 24 years because he cut the funding of State Parks while he sits in the office bribing money for the empty Senate Chair! It's absolutely ridiculous and I'll repeat that I'm thrilled that they caught up with him! I too am interested in what is going to come about from this!!

    December 9, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  17. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    SOUNDS LIKE ABUSE OF POWER JUST LIKE SARAH PALIN.

    December 9, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  18. Len

    Hold on to your hats,

    I guess you have inside information.

    This is fact: Newsweek (DEC. 15th issue). Page 10, under Conventional Wisdom: Governor Sarah Palin billed the RNC $110,000 for hair and make-up.
    I am sure you are okay with this because she is a right wing conservative and you folks do no wrong!

    December 9, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  19. richard

    When will the Democrats clean up their own party instead of worrying about the GOP.

    December 9, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  20. red state mom

    all the people taking the moral high ground now were talking out of the other side of their face a few months ago when Stevens was found guity of 9 counts or corruption, corruption is not left or right it is just wrong

    December 9, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  21. lonnette33

    $4,500.00? Unbelieveable.

    December 9, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  22. Joe the Troll

    Once again, people – NOT Chicago. SPRINGFIELD. Look at a map.

    December 9, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  23. Now Durbin can.....

    ask for amnesty for both Gov. Ryan and Gov. Blagojevich at the same time. Afterall how can Durbin show favoritism?

    December 9, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  24. FreeNLovIt

    To Rob... all our politicians are tainted. Some worst than others. Are you telling me that W (current Prez) is perfect? You do know that he's corrupted in some fashions too? As for Palin, I doubted she's PERFECT. She's got her own CLOTHING CORRUPTIONS. It's very very sad.

    December 9, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  25. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    $4,500? unreal....

    December 9, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
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