December 9th, 2008
03:11 PM ET
6 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.


Filed under: Rod Blagojevich
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  1. ohiojimmy

    impeach him and show that finally dems will be serious about ethics reform,,,,toss em all away if they break the rules

    December 9, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  2. Tempered

    $4500 bail?? Are you kidding me?!?!

    December 9, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  3. Suzi

    I've been looking at several reports and there is very specific information about what he said. Does the FBI always do this in an ongoing investigation?

    December 9, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  4. Big Ed

    What a MORON! Yes, a man is innocent until proven guilty, however one can still be a MORON for putting themselves in a position to have all those law enforcement agenies investigating you that deeply. Where there is smoke, there is fire. Maybe a small one, maybe a huge one.

    December 9, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  5. the kid

    I SEE A PRESIDENT./IAL PARDON COMING ON THIS ONE FOLKS....

    ONE HAND WASHING THE OTHER. OBAMA WILL BE MORE THAN HAPPY TO GRANT A PARDON TO THIS GUY FROM ILLINIOS.

    YOU SCRATCH MY BACK I'LL SCRATCH YOURS .... ONE CROOK WATCHING OUT FOR THE OTHER CROOK

    December 9, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  6. Godluvr

    Some of you bloggers have some real deep-seated issues! I think they go beyond the present subject matters. Hatred is a debilitating sickness. Please seek help!

    December 9, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  7. MR E

    This would have been over if Jesse Jackson Jr was appointed as we all expected . This is all about Greed, however lets all hear from both sides .

    December 9, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  8. Chi4Obama

    This is terrible if these allegations are true.

    But let's get real. Corrupt politicians just don't come from Chicago.
    They reside on both sides of the aisle, and are prevelant throughout the country.

    To put it in perspective. , Blagojevich would not be the first Governor to break laws while in office. Just this year alone, let's all remember Sarah Palin, and Elliot Spitzer.

    Not to mention mayors and Senators such as Kwame Kilpatrick and Ted Stevens respectively.

    December 9, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  9. Claudia, SD

    Jeez Louise, what does it take to keep crooks behind bars?

    December 9, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  10. Fred, VT

    He probably knows the judge and kicked in some mula.

    December 9, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  11. DOCS 3

    TYPICAL OF POLITICIANS. WHAT WE ARE WONDERING IS WHEN THESE SAME FEDERAL PROSECUTORS GOING TO SERVE MR. BUSH AND HIS GANG OF CROOKS PAPERS. TO SELL A SENATE SEAT IS ONE THING, BUT TO SELL OUR COUNTRY IS AS LOW AS ANYONE CAN GO WHEN DOING THE PEOPLE'S BUSINESS. WE ACROSS THE COUNTRY KNOW ALL ABOUT ILL.'S POLITICS. THE SHAME IS THAT THESE PROSECUTORS GET IN FRONT THE MICROPHONE KNOWING THAT THE BIGGEST CROOKS THEY WORK FOR IS NOT THE PEOPLE. IT WON'T BE LONG THAT POLITICS WILL BE THEIR LINE OF WORK.

    December 9, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  12. Rezko Link

    Get use to things like this happening under the Obama administration. Chicago politics makes Washington look like a church choir.

    The Key factor between the Governor of Illinois and Obama is not the Senate seat, its thir connection with Tony Rezko.

    This is what happens when you elect a person to a position and you give them the benefit of the doubt.

    December 9, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  13. Baze

    i hope they roast this punk!

    December 9, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  14. Eloise from Lufkin TX

    Hmmm...very interesting. Obama hasn't even been sworn in and his connections are coming back to haunt him again. How many times was the president elect mentioned in the 76 pages??? Now Obama says he has had NO contact with the governor of Illinois and yet David Axlerod said that the president Elect actually talked to him on November 23rd. Who was right??? When asked about this, the Obama camp said the Axlerod misspoke. Who do you believe??? I think I know who to believe...The governor will be singing soon...

    December 9, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  15. Thalia, NY

    Well what do you think under a Bush administration. This guy is no better than the Wall Street guys and the CEO's of the auto industry. I get Blagojevich said why should Cheney and Bush reap all the benifits. There had to be something in it for him.

    He's getting what he deserves–prison time. I wish the same could be said for George W. Bush.

    December 9, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  16. Nancy from FL

    WAKE UP AMERICA! This was another Chicago FRIEND of Obama's! More anti-American CRIMINALS in our government!!!

    December 9, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  17. linda from South Dakota

    what goes around always comes around,, this goes to show us all that there are many polititions that arent true in their roles,, to make a buck,, they have to cheat,, and im sure this guys not the only one,, just one that got caught,, and im sure theres more to come,, watch!!!!!

    December 9, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  18. April

    Let's put this into prospective. A Chicago, Illinois governor, the state that Obama "the clown", was a "minute" made senator. NOW IS THIS A SURPRISE? HOW DID OBAMA WIN THE WHITEHOUSE AGAIN? OFCOURSE, EVERYONE WOULD SAY, HE DID NOT KNOW. THE SAME PEOPLE WHO WHO TOLD US OBAMA LOAN GOVERNMENT MONEY AND THEN THOSE DEBTORS PAY BACK THE LOAN EXCEPT THE MARKUP WAS PAID TO OBAMA. OFCOURSE, THEY WILL SAY OBAMA IS INNOCENT. WHAT A CROCK. YOU ALL HAVE EYES BUT STILL YOU CANNOT SEE. NOW WHO SAID THAT AGAIN? METHINKS, IT WAS OUR SAVIOR. OH! THE GREATEST EVENT THAT OPRAH DID NOT BELIEVE IT HAPPEN? THAT IS THE SAVIOR WE ARE TALKING ABOUT NOT OPRAH'S VERSION OF THE "GREATEST EVENT ON THE PLANET EARTH." NOW THAT WAS "THE GREATEST EVENT ON THE PLANET EARTH" AND IT WILL ALWAYS BE EVEN THOUGH OPRAH THINKS IT IS NOT. OH! BY THE WAY, WE DO NOT BUY ANYONE WITH MONEY IN OUR KINGDOM.

    December 9, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  19. An Independent Hillary

    Something in very rotten in Denmark – erm, I mean Chicago and now in DC...

    December 9, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  20. midwest mom

    I encourage everyone to read the full document of criminal charges available here at cnn via a pdf doc. It is fascinating stuff! Don't you know that this guy is both a slime bucket and a stupid one at that...they had him wired every place he went. Those FBI people are laughing out loud...don't you know it! Chalk one up for the good guys and thanks to our brave FBI agents...way to catch the bad guy, now get back to work...there are many more where this one came from...but don't you think they may think twice tonight before talking on the phone! HA!

    December 9, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  21. lovable liberal

    Read on, wingnuts. Blagojevich was taped using some choice words about Obama, words similar to those that Dick Cheney used to Pat Leahy. They're not very friendly words...

    December 9, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  22. Chi4Obama

    I'm just curious,
    How did the Judge determine that bail would be set at a modest $4,500.

    There have been first time offenders of petty crimes. that have had a much higher bail limits.

    December 9, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  23. Ethan in Chicago

    People, Rod is no "friend" of Obamas! To give you a clue every Dem who holds statewide office in IL spoke at the DNC in Denver EXCEPT Blago. Obama is from Chicago, but hs is NOT part of the Chicago Democratic maching; he got elected by being an outsider of the machine.

    And to try to link Blago and Obamathrough Rezko is the same as saying they're from IL, bcz Rezko contributed to EVERY elected official in the Chicago area – from both parties!

    Trust me, if the President-elect had done anything even remotely unethical, US Atty Fitzgerald would have uncovered it by now. He is bringing down all the corrupt officials – again in both parties.

    December 9, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  24. Chi4Obama

    As bad as these allegations are against Blagojevich,
    they pail in comparison to what the Bush administration has done for the past 8 years......

    December 9, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  25. Chi4Obama

    Now now,
    Let's all remember, innocent until proven guilty.

    Isn't that what the "Rethuglicans" were saying about Sarah Palin, when she was being investigated for Abuse of Power; while running for VP.

    December 9, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
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