December 10th, 2008
09:25 AM ET
14 years ago

Blagojevich plans to return to work Wednesday

[cnn-photo-caption image="" caption="Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich was arrested Tuesday on federal corruption charges."]
(CNN) - Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich reportedly is planning to return to work Wednesday, a day after his indictment on federal corruption charges.

The Democrat appeared in court Tuesday afternoon to hear federal corruption charges against him and was released on $4,500 bail.

"He's sad, surprised and innocent," Blagojevich attorney Sheldon Sorosky told reporters Tuesday night.

Early Tuesday, FBI agents arrested Blagojevich and his chief of staff, John Harris, on charges that the governor attempted to sell or trade President-elect Barack Obama's former Senate seat in exchange for financial benefits for the governor and his wife, Patti.

Meanwhile, state lawmakers said they are preparing to take from the governor his power to fill the vacant Senate seat. Otherwise, Blagojevich - despite the charges he faces - could still move to nominate anyone he chooses for Obama's replacement.

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  1. Elle

    Blago's arrogance knows no bounds. He will try to appoint a senator before he is impeached or forced to resign. Here in Illinois we can't stand the guy. Oh, and thanks a lot Chicago for dragging the rest of our state down with you.

    December 10, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  2. Biff

    I want some deluded right winger out there to answer me this....

    Why didn't Blagojevich... the GOVERNOR from the Senator's home state during the primaries.. NOT..... i repeat.... NOT have a role at the convention this year...

    why didn't the governor from the (then) Democratic nominee NOT... i repeat... NOT have a large role (even from a fundraising standpoing) in the campaign....

    (which is why Blagojevich hates him anyway).

    December 10, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  3. Milhouse van Houten

    I was just wondering what colour the sky was in his world.

    December 10, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  4. Biff

    BO is just B.O. December 10th, 2008 9:45 am ET

    Interesting how all the democrat corruption was held in check until after the election. Think the news organizations had an agenda? duh!!?


    Um... dude... point of order..... the news didn't 'break' the story..... it came about from a freaking press conference called by the prosecutors office.

    (please adjust the size of your tin hat).... thank you

    (I am learning that facts have no place in the world of right wingers)

    December 10, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  5. White Christian Mother for Obama

    change the locks!

    December 10, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  6. Bill in Philly

    Why should we be shocked about Blagojevich? You can't turn on the T.V without hearing about corrupt politicians involved in kick backs, earmarks, pay to play, sex on and on it goes. Power crazy people. Our forefathers would be dissgusted to see what has happend to their political system they fought so hard for. A system created to help the people of American, NOT just the ones who run it! It is time for some serious house cleaning and the senate too. I am so fed up with them!!!

    December 10, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  7. Ken in NC

    His lawyer said "He's sad, surprised and innocent." I agree that he is innocent because he has not been found guilty yet but "SAD and SURPRISED"? That is stupidy. A great man once said, "STUPID IS AS STUPID DOES"


    December 10, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  8. xelacire

    Why has Blagojevich been allowed to return to work. People of Ilinois, get out and make yourself heard!!! Why are you letting him call the shots??
    As far as Obama is concerned... time will tell! He has already put his foot in his mouth by announcing he hasn't had ANY conversations with Blagojevich.

    December 10, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  9. Tony

    Amy December 10th, 2008 1:42 pm ET

    Blagojevich is NOT Obama. Two entirely different people! And, until there is absolute PROOF that Obama is corrupt, I don't want to hear any of it! And, no, I'm not Obama worshipper. I don't think that he's the next Messiah or he's going to "save the world." I (like the rest of his supporters) believe that Obama's policies will better this Country.

    It's amazing, people who hate Obama will do anything or give out any excuse to tarnish his image. He could be in a bathroom stall next to somebody, and then 10 minutes later that person goes out and robs a bank or murders someone. And Obama would be accused of having something to do with it!

    I guess some people cannot stand to have a black man for President.
    Why don't you admit to yourselves that this is the reason you dislike Obama so much, instead of spouting off allegations that have no merit or proof!
    We have a black president? When did that happen? I thought Obama was elected? You're not talking about him are you. Did you not know that he is multiracial. If you don't know what that means it means that he had a black and white parent .

    December 10, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  10. a southern bell.


    December 10, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  11. wisdom


    Matt B wasn't making that up... it was a quote from the Chicago Sun Times today...

    December 10, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  12. Sheila A

    How dare he even return to work, he did at one time have something that was golden, the trust of Illinois people. Him the reformer...what a laugh. After reading the affidavit, the language his wife used talking to the Deputy Govn. was very foul, geezzzz was she drunk or that greedy You would have thought they would have been alittle smarter knowing that they really did not have the trust of Illinois, a 13% rating and they had on going investigations, even about his wife...wonder if they would prosecute her as well for spending millions of peoples tax dollars.

    December 10, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
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