April 15th, 2009
09:26 AM ET
5 years ago

Blagojevich hoping to appear in NBC reality show

Blagojevich has inked a deal to appear on an NBC reality show, if a judge allows.
Blagojevich has inked a deal to appear on an NBC reality show, if a judge allows.

(CNN) – Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's career as a politician appears to be over, but a new career in the world of reality television could just be beginning.

The impeached former governor has inked a deal to appear on an NBC celebrity-themed reality show, assuming a federal judge allows him to travel as his criminal charges remain pending, the network said in a statement.

The upcoming show, called I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here!, pits 10 celebrities in a Costa Rican village for a month while they battle each other in competitions and put their survival skills to the test. The show will air nightly and viewers will have the final say on which celebrities have to go home early.

According to the Chicago Tribune, the financially-strained Blagojevich stands to make $80,000 a week for his appearance on the show. Blagojevich's attorney will soon make a formal request that the former governor be allowed to travel outside of the country for the gig, the Tribune also reported.

An ill-fated earlier iteration of the show ran on ABC six years ago, when the celebrity cast included Melissa Rivers, Bruce Jenner, and Tyson Beckford. Chris Judd, the onetime husband of Jennifer Lopez, won the competition that year. The show drew little attention then and was not renewed.

Blagojevich, who was impeached and removed from office earlier this year, pleaded not guilty to federal corruption charges Tuesday. A federal grand jury indicted him this month on 16 felony counts, including racketeering, conspiracy, wire fraud and making false statements to investigators.i


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April 14th, 2009
12:52 PM ET
5 years ago

Blagojevich pleads not guilty

CHICAGO, Illinois (CNN) – Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who was impeached and removed from office earlier this year, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to federal corruption charges.

A federal grand jury indicted him this month on 16 felony counts, including racketeering, conspiracy, wire fraud and making false statements to investigators.


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April 2nd, 2009
06:02 PM ET
5 years ago

Blagojevich indicted on 16 additional felony counts

 Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is facing such charges as racketeering, conspiracy and wire fraud.
Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is facing such charges as racketeering, conspiracy and wire fraud.

CHICAGO, Illinois (CNN) - Impeached former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, already facing conspiracy and fraud charges, was indicted on 16 additional felony counts by a federal grand jury on Thursday.

The indictment charges Blagojevich, and some of his closest aides and advisers, with a wide-ranging "scheme to deprive the people of Illinois of honest government," according to a statement by the attorney's office.

Blagojevich, 52, was charged with racketeering, conspiracy, wire fraud and making false statements to investigators, among other charges, according to the release.

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April 2nd, 2009
01:40 PM ET
5 years ago

U.S. atty in Chicago to release news on 'significant criminal matter'

Blagojevich was arrested in December on federal corruption charges that included allegedly trying to sell President-elect Barack Obama's vacant Senate seat.
Blagojevich was arrested in December on federal corruption charges that included allegedly trying to sell President-elect Barack Obama's vacant Senate seat.

(CNN) - The U.S. Attorney's Office in Chicago, said Thursday it would release news late in the afternoon about a "significant criminal matter" that would include a court filing.

A written statement gave no information on what the subject might be, but on January 5 federal Judge James Holderman gave the office three additional months to decide whether to indict then-Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who was impeached and resigned from office. That deadline ends Sunday.

The U.S. Attorney's Office said its announcement would be made in a news release, and posted on its Web site.

Blagojevich was arrested in December on federal corruption charges that included allegedly trying to sell President-elect Barack Obama's vacant Senate seat.

The Illinois House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly in January to impeach the Democrat, accusing him of abusing his gubernatorial power.


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March 25th, 2009
03:02 PM ET
5 years ago

Blagojevich: 'I have no complaints'

Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich hosted a two-hour radio program in Chicago Wednesday.
Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich hosted a two-hour radio program in Chicago Wednesday.

(CNN) – Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich sounded an uncharacteristically conciliatory tone during a solo radio hosting appearance on Chicago's WLS 890 AM.

"I have no complaints," Blagojevich told CNN contributor D.L. Hughley during a reflective moment in Wednesday's broadcast.

"I think there's always a purpose that God has for all of us and, you know, in my mind and my heart, I believe God has a purpose for me. And I'm his instrument in some form or another. To the extent that I can be still someone who fights for the average guy, the little guy . . . I'm going to keep trying to do that."

Blagojevich also praised President Obama, and likened the new president to former Presidents Reagan and Kennedy in his push for tax cuts in an effort to turn the economy around.

"He's the number one Democrat in America, and so I think those Democrats [on Capitol Hill] have to give their brand new president a chance to get his program passed," Blagojevich said. "If it's one that's going to provide tax relief to people, I'm imploring my fellow Democrats in Congress to go along with President Obama."

Blagojevich also used his time at the mic to tout his own accomplishments while governor, and to repeatedly criticize his successor Gov. Pat Quinn for plans to raise taxes.


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March 24th, 2009
01:30 PM ET
5 years ago

Blagojevich to host radio show

Before Rod Blagojevich was ousted from office, WLS-AM had offered him his own radio show on Sundays if he agreed to voluntarily step down.
Before Rod Blagojevich was ousted from office, WLS-AM had offered him his own radio show on Sundays if he agreed to voluntarily step down.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich will be back on the airwaves Wednesday, serving as a fill-in host on a Chicago talk radio station.

Blagojevich will host the Don Wade and Roma Morning Show on WLS-AM - a show the station refers to as "the most positive, optimistic radio show in the universe" - alone from 7-9 am Wednesday. The station confirmed to CNN that the gig is a one-time occurrence.

Before he was ousted from office, WLS-AM had offered the former governor his own radio show on Sundays if he agreed to voluntarily step down. Blagojevich, who didn't take the deal, was later impeached over allegations that he tried to sell President Obama's vacant Senate seat.


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March 2nd, 2009
05:30 PM ET
6 years ago

Blagojevich gets six-figure book deal

Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich will include information that could be “embarrassing” in his upcoming book.
Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich will include information that could be “embarrassing” in his upcoming book.

(CNN) – Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich has landed a six-figure book deal to tell his story, his spokesman confirmed to CNN Monday.

Blagojevich was impeached earlier this year amid allegations that he tried to sell President Obama’s vacant Senate seat. The former governor, who maintains his innocence, will write about the process he used to pick Obama’s successor, and “the dark side of politics he witnessed in both the state and national level.” The former governor will also discuss his two-terms in office.

The book, which has a working title of “The Governor,” is scheduled to be released by Phoenix Books in October.

Glenn Selig, Blagojevich's publicist and founder of The Publicity Agency, said the governor will divulge information that will be “embarrassing” to himself and others.

"There were some people in high places who didn't want the governor to write this book and worked to try to squash a book deal," Selig said in a statement released Monday.

The Illinois Senate voted unanimously in January to impeach Blagojevich and to permanently bar him from holding political office in the state of Illinois.


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February 14th, 2009
02:58 PM ET
6 years ago

Blago's brother solicited funds, Burris says

Sen. Roland Burris, D-Illinois, says in an affidavit that he refused to contribute money to former Gov. Rod Blagojevich.
Sen. Roland Burris, D-Illinois, says in an affidavit that he refused to contribute money to former Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

CHICAGO, Illinois (CNN) - The brother of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich solicited Sen. Roland Burris, D-Illinois, for up to $10,000 in campaign cash before Burris was named to his Senate seat, according to Burris staffers and an affidavit obtained Saturday by CNN.

However, in the affidavit, Burris said he refused to contribute to Blagojevich or to assist in fundraising for him.

Burris' appointment by Blagojevich was hotly disputed, as Blagojevich is facing corruption charges. Prosecutors' allegations against him include that he attempted to sell the Senate seat, vacated by President Barack Obama upon his election, to the highest bidder. He was ousted from office last month by Illinois lawmakers.

In his January 8 testimony before an Illinois House impeachment panel, Burris, the former Illinois attorney general, said he had no conversations with Blagojevich about his desire to be appointed to the seat prior to Blagojevich's December 9 arrest. Burris also said that he was not aware of any "quid pro quo"
with the former governor.

"I can for this committee state that there was no legal, personal or political exchange for my seat," Burris said.


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January 29th, 2009
06:00 PM ET
8 months ago

Blagojevich barred from public office in Illinois

(CNN) - Moments after removing him from office, the Illinois senate voted unanimously to prevent impeached Gov. Rod Blagojevich from ever holding political office in the state again.


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January 29th, 2009
05:44 PM ET
8 months ago

BREAKING: Illinois Senate votes to oust Blagojevich

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(CNN) – The Illinois Senate has voted unanimously to remove Gov. Rod Blagojevich from office.


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