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NameRod Blagojevich
Chicago, Illinois , United States
Website [Link]
Born December 10, 1956 (64 years)
ContributorClassical Liberal
Last ModifedRBH
Mar 30, 2020 02:10am
Tags Caucasian - Married - Convicted - Impeached - Imprisoned - Removed From Office - Christian - Straight -
InfoMilorad R. "Rod" Blagojevich

Rod R. Blagojevich was sworn in to serve a second term as the 40th Governor of Illinois on January 8, 2007.

As Illinois' chief executive officer, Gov. Blagojevich is working aggressively to create jobs, build stronger communities, provide Illinois families the tools they need to improve their lives, and restore the people's confidence in state government.

Gov. Blagojevich's top priority is ensuring access to quality healthcare for everyone in Illinois. That is why Gov. Blagojevich proposed a historic and comprehensive plan to give every Illinoisan access to affordable and quality health coverage. While the Governor’s “All Kids” plan, which took effect last year, extended coverage to all children in the state, approximately 1.4 million adults in Illinois are currently uninsured. The Governor’s plan will provide affordable coverage to the uninsured and will also help many middle-income families and small businesses that are currently enrolled in health insurance plans save thousands a year on healthcare costs. The plan will also reform the existing healthcare system to improve quality and require more accountability.

Providing safe and affordable prescription drug medication is also an important initiative of the Governor. In fact, Gov. Blagojevich has been a leading advocate for providing Americans access to safe and affordable prescription drugs from Canada, the United Kingdom and Ireland, as well as expanding their healthcare coverage. Gov. Blagojevich created the Illinois Cares Rx Program to make sure no seniors fell through the gap when the new Medicare drug benefit went into effect on January 1, 2006. The new “wrap around coverage” provided to Illinois seniors and persons with disabilities helps cover the increased costs of the Medicare program, including premium costs, coinsurance, coverage during the “donut”, and the deductible.

Additionally, the Governor is committed to improving the quality of education in Illinois. During his first four years in office, Gov. Blagojevich dedicated $3.8 billion of new funding into Illinois schools. This represents more new money invested in education than any other state in the Midwest, more than 43 other states in the nation, and more than any administration in one term in Illinois history. In addition to new PreK-12 education funding, last year’s budget also funds new initiatives proposed by the Governor, including universal preschool, a pilot program to reduce class sizes in kindergarten through 3rd grade, and a grant program for families struggling to afford the high costs of college.

Prior to his election, Gov. Blagojevich was a Cook County Assistant State's Attorney. During his tenure, he prosecuted domestic abuse cases and felony weapons charges, which made him a strong advocate for tougher sentencing laws when he was elected to the General Assembly in 1992.

In 1996, he was elected to represent Illinois' 5th District in the U.S. House of Representatives. While a congressman, he secured funding for after-school tutoring programs and distinguished himself as an advocate for education. He was also a leader in the fight to establish a Patients' Bill of Rights, to assure prompt access to mammograms, and to require higher safety and care standards at nursing homes.

Gov. Blagojevich was born December 10, 1956, on the Northwest side of Chicago. He graduated from Northwestern University in 1979 and earned his law degree from Pepperdine School of Law in 1983. He and his wife, Patti, have two daughters, 10-year-old Amy and 4-year-old Annie.

DateFirmApproveDisapproveDon't Know
12/09/2008-12/10/2008 Rasmussen Reports 7.00% ( 3.0) 83.00% ( 11.0) 10.00% ( 8.0)
10/16/2008-10/18/2008 Market Shares Corp 13.00% ( 30.0) 71.00% ( 26.0) 16.00% ( 4.0)
10/10/2008-10/13/2008 Rasmussen Reports 4.00% ( 12.0) 94.00% ( 11.0) 2.00% ( 1.0)
11/01/2007-11/03/2007 Glengariff Group 32.00% ( 19.0) 61.00% ( 19.0) 7.00% ( 0.0)
10/15/2007-10/18/2007 Wesleyan Univ. 23.00% ( 0.0) 60.00% ( 0.0) 18.00% ( 0.0)
10/17/2007-10/17/2007 Rasmussen Reports 16.00% ( 32.0) 83.00% ( 33.0) 1.00% ( 1.0)
05/15/2007-06/18/2007 Glengariff Group 51.00% ( 0.0) 42.00% ( 0.0) 7.00% ( 0.0)
10/23/2006-10/26/2006 Research 2000 42.00% ( 5.0) 56.00% ( 8.0) 2.00% ( 3.0)
09/14/2006-09/17/2006 Survey USA 43.00% ( 1.0) 50.00% ( 1.0) 7.00% ( 3.0)
09/05/2006-09/10/2006 Market Shares Corp 43.00% ( 8.0) 45.00% ( 1.0) 12.00% ( 9.0)

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Date Category Headline Article Contributor
Feb 18, 2020 11:50am News Trump says he's commuted the sentence of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich  Article RP 
May 31, 2018 12:25pm Speculative Trump floats Martha Stewart pardon, Rod Blagojevich commutation  Article RP 
Jul 21, 2015 10:50pm Legal Ruling Rod Blagojevich convictions vacated on 5 counts; Not eligible for release during re-trial  Article RP 
Sep 07, 2012 04:00pm Blog Entry How the Will County State’s Attorney, the General Assembly and Rod Blagojevich almost botched the Drew Peterson case  Article COSDem 
Mar 15, 2012 05:00pm Opinion Not all of Blagojevich's missteps were criminal, some were just stupid  Article Imperator 
Mar 15, 2012 11:00am Amusing Tips for Blago in prison  Article RBH 

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