[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/POLITICS/04/02/illinois.blagojevich/art.rodblagojevich.gi.jpg caption=" 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.