Developing: Blagojevich sentenced
12:36 pm
Wed December 7, 2011

Former Ill. Gov. Blagojevich sentenced to 14 years in prison for corruption

Former Ill. Gov. Rod Blagojevich greets students at Illinois State University in 2007. Judge James Zagel sentenced him to 14 years in federal prison today for corruption.
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Updated 12:49 p.m. with more on Judge Zagel's remarks, 1:19 p.m. with more detailed quotes, 2:01 p.m. with Blagojevich's reaction

Former Ill. Gov. Rod Blagojevich has been sentenced to 14 years in federal prison - becoming the fourth Illinois governor in 40 years to be sent to prison.

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Illinois public corruption prosecution
7:32 am
Tue July 5, 2011

Former Sen. gets credit for recent Ill. corruption prosecutions

Former Ill. Gov. George Ryan was convicted of racketeering, conspiracy, tax fraud and making false statements to the FBI.
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Reporting by Illinois Public Radio’s Sean Crawford used in this report.

Illinois has a reputation not only as a hotbed for public corruption, but also as a place where high ranking officials are prosecuted for misdeeds. Former U.S. Senator Peter Fitzgerald, who is known for his clashes with the GOP’s old guard, is partly to thank for that.

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