Rod Blagojevich

The former Illinois governor was serving a two-year supervised release after Donald Trump commuted his 14-year prison sentence for corruption charges.
The former Illinois governor said he was a political prisoner and demanded that Cooper help him reform the criminal justice system. The CNN host shut him down.
President Donald Trump commuted the sentence of the disgraced former governor of Illinois who tried to sell a U.S. Senate seat.
Neal Katyal, a former Justice Department official, issued a warning to President Donald Trump after he doled out pardons and commuted sentences for friends and allies.
President Donald Trump spoke to reporters to explain a wave of commutations and pardons for convicted fraudsters, amongst others.
Blagojevich, who tried to sell Obama's vacated Senate seat, worked with Trump on "The Celebrity Apprentice" in 2010.
The Illinois governor appeared on Celebrity Apprentice in 2010 before he was sent to prison.
Seven congressmen warned that freeing the former governor could encourage public corruption.
Blagojevich began serving a 14-year prison sentence in 2012.
(T)he 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago ... noted that the evidence against Blagojevich was "overwhelming" and
Prosecutors will either dismiss or retry disgraced former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich on five of eighteen counts stemming from his corruption trial. Blagojevich will remain in Bureau of Prison custody while serving his 14-year prison term, while his attorneys petition the Seventh Circuit for en banc.
Blagojevich, a Democrat, was arrested in December 2008.
Blagojevich was convicted for trying to make money out of his power to appoint a replacement for Barack Obama, who was leaving his seat in the U.S. Senate representing Illinois after winning the presidential election in 2008.
Illinois has a long history of politicians going to jail. It appears that corruption is a learned behavior passed down from one politician to the other or maybe power sometimes corrupts people. However, there is no excuse for the bad decisions that politicians make.
Four years after Illinois' fiasco with former Gov. Rod Blagojevich's impeachment and trial, Andy Shaw of the Better Government Association says the state has learned from the ordeal. Reforms have been implemented to limit conflicts of interest, stop contract abuses and combat a general culture of corruption.
In April of this year, Gallup released the results of a national survey in which Illinois was ranked as the state with the highest percentage of residents who believe it is the worst place to live in the United States. Infamy of this sort is not easily earned, but instead accrues over decades.
Quinn's gubernatorial opponent Bruce Rauner said he favored reducing Illinois' $8.25-an-hour minimum wage to the federally mandated $7.25 minimum. No sooner did those remarks become public -- generating swift backlash from nearly all sides -- than Rauner backtracked.