December 12th, 2008
01:56 PM ET
14 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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soundoff (75 Responses)
  1. the kid

    now get that president elect that the news media picked for the USA to step down also

    December 12, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  2. Leo

    Well, at least this bum did the right thing. I don't expect as much from the Blag.

    December 12, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  3. chuck

    John Harris resigning speaks volumes. The facts are pointing to pure GUILT. What will the Governor do next? I presume he will quit shortly.The ice is beginning to break.

    December 12, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  4. Chicago Girl

    Hopefully the governor will follow suit and do the right thing.

    December 12, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  5. Kaye -Jacksonville FL

    One down – how many to go?? And please, CNN and others – stop with the dirt-digging speculative commentary (I won't dignify it with the word "reporting") about the Obama-Blogo connection. If it surfaces in the course of the ongoing investigation, report it...but until then, please maintain some journalistic integrity...

    December 12, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  6. Chi Town

    Come on Harris... make a deal and turn over on all the Chicago scumbags... You know the truth... spill the beans and avoid prison! Better do it quick too... before Blago or Rezko beat you too it... cause somebody will

    December 12, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  7. Mary

    One down - how many to go

    December 12, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  8. President Obama

    Some people hate giving up their power. This is only the tip of the ice berg. Obama's presidency will test those who have held their priviledged power over others. They will all fall at some point.

    December 12, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  9. Belle starr

    chips start falling.....3,2,1.....

    December 12, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  10. Blushed

    That's "bleeping" amazing?

    December 12, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  11. Froggy

    what? all those bedrooms in the White House and the Bushes couldn't open their doors so the kids can start school on time? hey, it's not like they're bringing a dog with them or anything....

    December 12, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  12. Ms Cleo

    I wonder who else he will try to take down with him?

    December 12, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  13. Al, California

    It's really good to have complete confidence that our president (-elect, of course) have nothing to do with crooks. Very opposite to what we had last 8 years.

    December 12, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  14. Paul -St. Paul, MN

    CNN, thanks for your reporting....and be sure to give us just the facts. Any editorialism is not necessary. Such press will most likely damage a person's character and emotional psyche, leading to a depression that will overturn their mental state. The depression may even prove to be fatal.....and all because of some irresponsible media coming from you. Please be careful.

    December 12, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  15. An Obama Supporter

    Kaye: Well said. The American media is too full of itself and does not really cover the news anymore...just rumor, inuendo and speculation!!

    December 12, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  16. Rachel

    How many more are we going to have to throw in jail, etc. before we get Chicago cleaned up. Thanks Lisa Madigan for the bold step forward to remove Blogo. Thanks Harris for resigning and doing something right.

    December 12, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  17. Veronica

    At least his chief of staff has more than a braincell or two to rub together ...

    December 12, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  18. FAYE, NV

    The gov should do likewise. It is sadden to know that we the public can not trust these officials anymore.

    December 12, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  19. cobra

    The governor and Obama are buddies, now that should give everyone a clue of the types that come out of Chicago politics, what all will float out of that bucket of scum is anyone's guess.

    December 12, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  20. Mike

    Let them clean up chicago....It will the be home of the president anyway. It will be good if President Obama gets along with his home governor and a governor who will not be corrupt!!

    December 12, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  21. honestly

    I can see why Obama stayed clear of this character. I honestly believe that this incident was reported by an Obama staff member. I think when it is all said and done we will find out that the person that actually this to light will be from the Obama staff who reached to push Valerie Jarrett.

    December 12, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  22. Syn in the City

    Although I love Obama, something tells me that Rahm Emanuel will be doing so also!

    December 12, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  23. Mike

    It will be good if they clean up Chicago before Obama takes the Office, otherwise how will he be going home to a corrupt governor and a governor who he doesn't get along with.

    I would think 'Charity begins at home' they say!

    December 12, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  24. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    I'm waiting to hear the name of the Republican who so desperately would have paid for the senate seat. Think about it.

    December 12, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  25. bababear

    OK Gov – Now your turn

    December 12, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
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