December 9th, 2008
03:11 PM ET
14 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
soundoff (206 Responses)
  1. Soccer Nana

    And he will be allowed to "govern" the state? Can he do pardons? Stays of executions? This is not good.

    December 9, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  2. obama-mama

    That's it? $4,500....Might as well have said $1.

    December 9, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  3. Sandra

    From Huffpost:

    "Republicans are already attempting to tie the arrest of Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich to President-elect Barack Obama. But local reports suggest that it was Obama's Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel who tipped feds off to Blagojevich's corrupt dealings:

    CONATY: We did receive a tip this morning that perhaps all of this came together so quickly because the Governor may have reached out to Rahm Emanuel, the president-elect's chief of staff, in attempting to leverage filling the Senate seat. And it may have been Rahm Emanuel who tipped the scale and made this move as quickly as it did."

    December 9, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  4. Shelley

    He's out! Impeach him now!

    December 9, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  5. MJ from WA state

    Gee... $4,500 bail. Kinda low, yeah?

    December 9, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  6. T in CT


    Where is the outrage?

    December 9, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  7. Viet Vet

    Now he can go about the business of selecting a new senator!!

    December 9, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  8. Obama Victim


    December 9, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  9. Sue in MI

    Hope they nail him, and then go after Bush and Cheney for war crimes!

    December 9, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  10. Dan, IL

    Standard Illinois politics in Chicago. A rising political star recently navigated this network of 'friends' and has done quite well on the national least that's what I hear.

    December 9, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  11. LIP

    So, do you think this guy is going to get reamed out by Jay Leno tonight like Leno has done to every Republican that he felt like destroying? A monologue didn't get by during the election without Leno destroying in some fashion or another, McCain and Palin. What are the odds...we will be sitting up to watch and see if all is fair in the liberal media.

    December 9, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  12. Logic_Man in Atlanta

    Who does this guy think he is? Al Capone? lol I have never seen that much political corruption from someone on the state level. Wow! This makes Sarah Palin's corruption charges look like an after school special. Oh well, I'm sure Illinois will still pick a great successor to President Obama's senate seat!

    December 9, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  13. sandee in Portland

    Think his bail should have been much higher. Ethics, ethics, ethics....dont' any of our politicans have ethics anymore? From those running for office (like Palin) to those already in office (like Stevens, etc.), they are all unethical and should be reprimanded.

    December 9, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  14. David

    Posts on the blogs a year ago:
    the GOP = crooks
    republicans are all corrupt, etc.

    Please people. Wake up! Both of these parties have corruption. Power corrupts. These people start seving their masters in the military-industrial-banking complex and care about the money, not the country or their constituents. The two-party system is a scam.

    December 9, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  15. Thomas

    What is sad is that this gov could still appoint who ever he wants until he is impeached (which will take time)

    December 9, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  16. Klaus

    The Fox Affiliate in Chicago is reporting that it appears that Obama Chief of Staff Rahm Emmanuel tipped the Feds off to Blagojevich's backroom dealing.

    December 9, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  17. Jonas

    I never knew a governor could be this stupid !! Somehow he thought
    he was smarter than George Ryan.

    December 9, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  18. Rob

    Chicago politics, taking the national stage after January 19th.

    December 9, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  19. Robin

    $4500???? Obama must have made a phone call.

    December 9, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  20. Lee-- Dallas, TX

    Reports that I've read are saying that watch-dog Rahm Emanuel was the one that tipped the FBI when this low life contacted him, trying to get leverage with the Obama Administration.

    I guess Rahmbo is having none of that. Look out you unethical SOB's, Rahmbo is on watch. Great pick Mr. Obama.

    December 9, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  21. Robert

    FreeNLovIt.....what a moron. When did Palin allegedly commit these acts that the Governor is accused of? Get a grip. Oh, and should we also wait for the Governor to sing the song regarding Obama and his dirty politics? Heard Resko's name mentioned today in connection with Obama and the Governor. It is Chicago and it is Illinois. Corruption runs deep – just look at how Obama got the nomination!

    December 9, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  22. Rob

    Hey FreenLovIt – that's because Palin didn't do anything nearly as bad as Blago. But seeing as you're probably a lib koolaid drinker, you wouldn't see that truth if it was standing right in front of your face

    December 9, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  23. Terry, Butte, Mt

    It all depends on what is on those tapes. If guilty he should serve time, if this is the beginning of a witch hunt for Obama, like they did to Clinton, then it needs to stop now.

    Release the sting tapes. Durbin's call for a special election is absolutely what needs to happen after these accusations.

    December 9, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  24. PJP

    Well, this itme I have to agree, $4500 is all????? Must be nice to know people in high places!!! No, never mind, it will catch up with them one of these days.

    December 9, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  25. Isaac

    The man is innocent until he is proven guilty my pepo

    December 9, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
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