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. redneck

    Crooks crooks everywhere and a good bunch of them are democrats!

    December 12, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  2. Greed is not good

    the culture of corruption begins to crack

    December 12, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  3. Ken

    Bush Expresses a Belief in DeLay's Innocence
    New York Times
    President Bush Shows Support to Embattled DeLay
    The News Hour
    President Says DeLay Is Not Guilty of Money Laundering
    The Washington Post
    Bush Declares DeLay Innocent
    The Washington Post
    Lott urges Bush to give DeLay 'aggressive support'
    The Washington Times
    Bush to Give DeLay a Lift to Show Support
    The Los Angeles Times

    Sounds familiar, now Republicans are crying wolf even after Obama denounced gov.'s acts and ask him to of double standard. Aren't American people tired of their intelligence being insulted by the media?

    December 12, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  4. Lyndon from CA

    The newsmedia is in rare form. Some blood in the water, and off they go. Sit back and enjoy folks.

    December 12, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  5. Pat

    the Governor should follow his Chief of Staffs example and step down too.

    December 12, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  6. Eric C

    The indictment logic is simple enough: if corruption took place, as stated and alleged, the "anonymous" contenders for senator ABSOLUTELY knew what was being solicited. The fact that NONE of these Democrats – NONE OF THEM! – had the integrity to report the solicitations is a staggering commentary on the character of these low-life politicians. One wonders what else these influential people are hiding and not talking about...

    December 12, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  7. truth hurts


    December 12, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  8. tired of corporate politics

    If this all starts to point to Obama here is the current Whine List:
    – it is racism
    – it is Rush's fault
    – it is racism
    – it is Hillary's fault
    – it is space aliens
    – it is racism

    Obama might have forgotten that his cozy partners in the media will turn on him if they smell blood in the water.

    December 12, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  9. Mike

    And the media should do American people service to stop this kind of reporting.....Aren't they deminishing our newly elected President by (By Americans)trying to link him to ill. gov.

    I hope someone with integrity would start reporting news!!!

    December 12, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  10. Ken

    Let them clean up Illinois. It will be the home of the future President. Can you guys imagine a president that doesn't get along with his home governor or the governor is corrupt and under investigation?

    December 12, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  11. bobby

    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.

    December 12, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  12. Chi Town

    Don't go down alone... cut a deal and burn them all... cause you know if you don't Blago or Rezko will... Tony knows by now his Governor isn't in his pocket anymore... so those years in prison are looking pretty rough...

    Roll over and burn them all!

    December 12, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  13. Tee

    Watch Obama will be the next one under the spot light from this. Chicago Dem. Politics as usual.

    December 12, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  14. Wilson, Seattle

    Don't these people know the first rule of corruption? I mean don't they teach this in poly-sci 101? You never ask to be bribed. You simply make it convenient, secure, and expedient and see what comes your way.

    December 12, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  15. ANGIE

    The thing that cracks me up about the whole situation is Senator Stevens from Alaska found Guilty on 7 felony charges still stayed in senate and ran for Re Election, are you kidding me 7 Felony charges now Im not saying what the IL Gov did was right but he has not been Convicted of anything yet he is still Inoccent until Proven Guilty,Senator Stevens on the other hand was found Guilty but its ok he did not have to step down and was able to run for re election is that fair?

    December 12, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  16. Tonybel

    When will this Governor realize that the people of Illinois do not want him anymore?

    December 12, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  17. CT

    how long until the birds start to sing?

    December 12, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  18. Chi Town


    Nail on the head brother... Nail on the head...

    Blago, Rezko, Mrs Blago.... sooner or later someone will spill it all!

    December 12, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  19. Chris in MI

    I know the guy is innocent until proven guilty, but how do you reconcile the stuff on the wiretaps? He's definitly "got some splaining to do." He seems to have a long history of being irrational and scary.

    December 12, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  20. Liberal Fin Los Angeles, CA

    Good, now when will the Govneror get the hint!!!!

    December 12, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  21. Tom

    (Yes we can!) will change to (Oh My God!)
    Obama has conections to this. This is Chi Town. They are all a big happy family like the mafia.

    December 12, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  22. Mike from California

    This whole thing make hitlery look like the ethical choice. I hope they can find obummer's level of involvement.

    December 12, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  23. sandee in Portland

    @bobby...."ask Jesse Jackson Jr. to step down". You need to keep up on the news; Jesse Jackson Jr. has not done anything wrong so why should he be asked to step down? He's just one of many that this crook of a Governor was looking at trying to bribe?

    December 12, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  24. Nancy

    Because BOBBY, there isn't sufficient proof the Jesse Jackson is truly involved. He sent someone to speak on his behalf (smart – wasn't it!). So please stop trying to pull the race card! Do you actually think Obama will risk his presidency for a congressman! Get with the program!

    December 12, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  25. yellow dog democrat

    Popcorn anyone??? to go with your entertainment?? boy are we a frustrated lot of humanity!

    December 12, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
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