December 12th, 2008
01:56 PM ET
5 years ago

Illinois governor's chief of staff steps down

CHICAGO, Illinois (CNN) - Gov. Rod Blagojevich's chief of staff, John Harris - who was arrested on Tuesday on federal corruption charges - has resigned, a spokesman for the governor said.

Lucio Guerrero confirmed that Harris resigned Friday.

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  1. Meh

    Bobby> First of all, it's "racist", not "racest", and second of all, there is CLEAR evidence that Blago was soliciting bribes for the seat. It's on tape. Therefore, it seems fair to me that Obama would call for him to resign. On the other hand, it's an on-going investigation as far as anyone else being involved...Obama does not know for certain whether or not JJ Jr. was involved, so of COURSE he would not ask him to resign! I see nothing "racist" about this at all.

    And, yeah, CNN...could you quit w. the Yellow Journalism and speculation? I thought it was just Campbell Brown, but Rick Sanchez has started doing it, too. That's not journalism, it's conspiracy theory.

    December 12, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  2. Scott

    I expect Obama's Chief of Staff will be doing the same before too long.
    It's not over yet.

    December 12, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  3. Jason

    Meanwhile Rohm Emmanuel is piling the sandbags around his house

    December 12, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  4. Tim

    Hey Blagojevich ... get out now ... don't wait for them to haul your butt off to prison.

    Illinois voters really have to reconsider who they next elect as their governor. Way too much corruption in the state government.

    December 12, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  5. Kelby from Houston, TX

    I had heard that the governor from Illinois is insane

    December 12, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  6. jacob

    Good, now all the Politicians that are power hungry and not giving American people a break by going to Iowa right after a 2year election and just after Nov 4th should watch out and calm their insanity!!

    December 12, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  7. PDX Gal

    Blagojevich should have been a Republican. Then he would have been cheered and defended by his own instead of facing impeachment by the hands of his own party.

    Next time- Blagojevich: Side with the party that cares nothing about policing itself!!!

    December 12, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  8. Ben

    Let's start cleaning our neighbourhood before we start cleaning the air!!

    December 12, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  9. Brian from Fort Mill, SC

    bobby December 12th, 2008 3:18 pm ET

    Why dont Obama ask Jessy Jackson Jr. to step down also? Looks racest to me,…. But he wont be held acountable because, well you all know. Just wait and see.
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    Jesse Jackson Jr. wasn't accused of anything. But you wouldn't know that, because you're just a hater!

    December 12, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  10. waye

    Fox News Channel has, unfortunately for them, ruined their own reputation for objective journalism thanks to their “cozy” relationship with the Bush White House.

    That being said, I hope it’s true that the feds were tipped off by Rahm Emanuel. And I hope that, if true, this fact is publicly confirmed. It really would send a message that President Obama is as uncorruptable as the Bush Administration was corruptable.

    December 12, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  11. jail would be better

    see how he delegates from jail

    December 12, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  12. Chief of Staff

    Obama's Chief of Staff had "multiple conversations" with Blagojevich, period.

    December 12, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  13. Matt

    See ya...wouldn't wanna be ya...

    December 12, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  14. Matt

    @ Bobby

    We will wait and see. We're waiting to see the looks on your faces and tears in your eyes that there's nothing to go on here. We're waiting 4 years to see your neocon candidates try to re-write what is happening here in an attempt to use it against Obama...and attempt that will backfire like all the nasty, lying, two-faced nonsense the Republicans tried to pull this election cycle. You people never learn do you? I can see it now...little Johnny repetaedly touching the hot stove when he was 2 years old and his father looking over at his mother to say "sigh...looks like he's going to be a Republican."

    December 12, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  15. Kat

    It seems rather hard to believe that the citzens of Illonis can't get off that couch and take themselves to the capital and demand that the leaders clean up thier act. It seems that citzens of Illonis accepted the fact that they like corruption as the main character of their politicans. It is ashame that Illonis has set the standard of corruption in government as acceptable. Are the citzens of Illonis afraid of standing up for a clean government that works on the idea that it is for the people not self interest.

    December 12, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  16. bill

    It appears Chicago hasn't changed since the Capone days. And we go and elect a President who socializes with this group. Are we stupid or what? Wait till Blago starts singing.

    December 12, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  17. Bruce

    Gov. Blogo tried to have poeple fired just like Sarah Palin. If it weren't for him trying to sell the senate seat, what would have happened? Gov. Palin was not asked to resign. The power corrupted them both.

    December 12, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  18. No Hillary = No Obama

    I wonder if there will be a domino effect?

    December 12, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  19. Ryan

    Chief of Staff, Obama’s Chief of Staff may had multiple conversations with Blagojevich but Obama himself stated that he never had contact with the governor about who should replace him in the Senate.

    December 12, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  20. April

    IS THIS GUY A RUSSIAN? JUST CURIOUS. IF SO, THEN AGAIN, IF ONE SHOULD ADD THE RUSSIAN ARROGANCE WITH CHICAGO MAFFIAS, WHAT DO WE EXPECT? THE ULTIMATE CORRUPTION, A SMART AMERICAN MIGHT SAY. SO THAT IS THE STATE WE SPUN OUR PRESIDENT FROM? WHAT A DEMOCRACY, YOU SAID? THE BIGGEST THIRD WORLD ELECTION WE HAVE EVER SEEN. SO DO NOT COMPLAIN, ENJOY WHAT YOU HAVE CREATED. OBAMA, THE "SLICK WILLY" SAID, HE DID NOT KNOW THE GUY WAS GOING TO SELL "SLICK WILLY’S" VACATED SENATE SEAT? WELL, WE SAW THAT SLICK WILLY IS ALWAYS HUNGRY FOR MONEY. RIGHT? SLICK WILLY FORGO THE USSUAL PRESIDENTIAL AVENUE OF FUNDING FOR PRESIDENCY SO, HE CAN GET HIS HANDS ON MILLIONS OF DOLLARS FROM UNSUSPECTED AMERICANS AND LEAVE HIS OPPONENT IN EXTREME DISADVANTAGE. ISN’T THAT WHAT TRANSPIRED? AND WE AS A DEMOCRATIC CONTINENT APPLAUDED HIM. SO HE BEND THE RULE AND GET AWAY WITH IT. NOW, SLICK WILLY COULD HAVE THOUGHT, WELL, THIS WAS NOT DONE BEFORE (YOU KNOW, THAT CHANGE HE PROMISED ALL OF US? THE ONE WE FALL FOR?) AND MAY BE, IF WE (SLICK WILLY AND HIS PEEPS) IMPLEMENT THE SENATE AUCTION SALE, IT WOULD NOT BE SO BAD, AFTERALL THEY(YOU KNOW, US, THE GULLIBLE AMERICANS) LET HIM GET AWAY FROM SCAMMING MILLIONS OF PEOPLE FROM THEIR HARD EARN MONEY TO BUY THE ELECTION AFTERALL. BUT NOW, OH! WAIT, THE PLOT THICKENS. NOW, YOU SEE, IT IS A DIFFERENT STORY. SOMEONE IN THE MEDIA (MS. C. TO BE EXACT) IS BEGINNING TO TURN HER LIGHT BULB ON. SHE IS BEGGINING TO THINK AFTER ALL THE MONTHS OF DRINKING KOOLAID; SHE IS NOW BEGINNING TO SOBER UP. WE ALWAYS KNOW MS. C. HAD A GOOD HEAD ON HER SHOULDER EVEN IN HER DAYS OF DOING WEEKEND NBC. (WE FORGAVE HER BECAUSE, IT WAS THE EUPHARIA THAT SLICK WILLY SPUN AND IT WAS HARD TO RESIST. WE APPLAUD HER EFFORT. AT LEAST, SHE IS TRYING EVEN THOUGH WE KNOW; OBAMABOTS NOW WILL ATTACK HER EFFORT TO BRING THE MATTER TO THE FOREFRONT). ANYWAY, BACK TO THE SCENERIO. EVEN THOUGH MS. C. IS DESPERATE TO GET TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SCANDAL, SHE COULDN’T. WHY? WE KNOW, SLICK WILLY BEING SLICK WILLY, WILL NEVER ADMIT TO THE ALLEGATIONS NOR WOULD SLICK WILLY CONFESS THAT HIS PEOPLE HAD KNOWLEDGE OF IT EVEN THOUGH SLICK WILLY’S PEOPLE MAY HAVE BEEN PRESENT WHEN THEIR GOVERNOR ENTERTAINED THE NOTION AND MAY BE SLICK WILLY'S PEOPLE MAY HAVE BEEN IN ON IT TOO. YOU SEE, SLICK WILLY IS VERY SMART. HE IS SMARTER THAN THE REST OF US. HE WILLS AND CONIVE AND SNEERS AT US AND TELL HIMSELF, "HOW STUPID AND GULLIBLE WE ARE". IN CONJUNCTION, SLICK WILLY IS STILL WILLING HIS SCHEME AND HIS SUBJECTS ARE STILL BLIND TO SEE. HOWEVER, HE IS WONDERING HOW A FEW IS DARING TO TURN ON THEIR LIGHT BULB? HOWEVER, HE IS SURE THE LIGHTBULB WILL BE DIM AND WOULD NOT BE BRIGHT ENOUGH FOR THEM (US, GULLIBLE AMERICANS) TO SEE. BUT WAIT. EVEN IF THEY ARE ABLE TO SEE, IT WOULD BE TOO LATE. WAIT! SLICK WILLY THINKS, THEY SEEM TO BE IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION, IF THEY DO NOT SUCCUMB TO HIS (SLICK WILLY'S) CONNING AND HIS PEEPS PRESSURE. THE SCENERIO SEEM FAR FETCHED ISN'T IT? BUT THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT SLICK WILLY AND HIS PEEPS WANT YOU TO THINK. WELL, FASTEN YOUR SEATBELT FOLKS THIS IS JUST THE TEAP OF THE ICEBERG, THERE ARE MORE TO COME AND I TRUST SLICK WILLY TO WILL HIMSELF OUT OF MOST IF NOT ALL OF THEM. WE ALSO TRUST SLICK WILLY WILL NOT LET HIS FOLLOWERS DOWN BUT WILL ALWAYS FIND A WAY TO TELL US EVERYONE IS WRONG EXCEPT HIM. IF THAT DOES NOT WORK, SLICK WILLY WILL JUST POSE THAT SNEERING SMILE THAT THE MEDIA FALL FOR DURING THE PRIMARY AND THEY (US, GULLIBLE AMERICANS) JUST MELT LIKE THE OLD MOVIE WE SEE ON SCREEN. DO NOT WORRY, SLICK WILLY WILL NOT LET HIS FOLLOWERS DOWN, HE IS AFTERALL SLICK WILLY AND HE IS ON THE MOVE. YOU DIG.

    December 12, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  21. Bobbie in Maryland

    AMEN to "Chicago Girl" !!!

    December 12, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  22. setys

    I am definitely sure that Governor Blagojevich did what he did intentionally. He knew that he was under investigation and decided to commit another corruption, I believe the reason was to cloud president elect Obama victory due to the tension between the two and for not giving a spot in the convention.

    With his nonchalant attitude, you can tell he did it purposely.

    December 12, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  23. libbssuck1

    He did the right thing, now the gov. needs to do the same...moron!

    December 12, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  24. yellow dog democrat

    No Hillary = Obama – Can't you ever say something nice – You are not a Hillary Supporter – you are a self promoter! The domino stops with you.

    December 12, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  25. Dawn

    Can he take his Governor by the hand and they leave together.

    December 12, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
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