St. Louis Public Radio News
8:25 am
Thu April 2, 2009

Blagojevich indicted

Chicago, IL – The former governor of Illinois has been indicted on 16 felony counts in connection with several alleged corruption schemes.

Rod Blagoejvich, his brother Robert, and several top aides, including former chief of staff John Harris, have been charged with using state business, including legislation, pension fund investments, and state appointments for financial benefit.

The charges include the allegations that Blagojevich tried to sell the Senate seat of President Obama to the highest bidder. Among the new allegations outlined in the indictment are agreements among Blagojevich and three other individuals that they would use the office for personal gain, and that the money would be distributed after Blagojevich left office.

He is also accused of holding up state funding to a publicly-supported school in an effort to leverage a campaign donation from the school's supporter, a U.S. Congressman, or the Congressman's brother.

Harris, the former chief of staff, is apparently cooperating with prosecutors.

He and Blagojevich were arrested on December 9.

Blagojevich is at Disney World with his family; he has repeatedly denied wrongdoing.