Rod Blagojevich

Rod Blagojevich
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40th Governor of Illinois
In office
January 13, 2003 – January 29, 2009
LieutenantPat Quinn
Preceded byGeorge Ryan
Succeeded byPat Quinn
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 5th district
In office
January 3, 1997 – January 3, 2003
Preceded byMichael Flanagan
Succeeded byRahm Emanuel
Member of the Illinois House of Representatives
from the 33rd district
In office
January 1993 – January 1997
Preceded byMyron Kulas
Succeeded byJohn Fritchey
Personal details
Born (1956-12-10) December 10, 1956 (age 62)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Patricia Mell
EducationUniversity of Tampa
Northwestern University (BA)
Pepperdine University (JD)
Rod Blagojevich
Criminal statusCurrently incarcerated at the Federal Correctional Institution, Englewood. Scheduled for release December 2024
Criminal chargeConspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud
PenaltyServing a 14 year sentence

Rod Blagojevich[1][2][3] (/, born December 10, 1956) is an American former politician who served as the 40th Governor of Illinois from 2003 until his impeachment, conviction, and removal from office in 2009.

A Democrat, Blagojevich was a state representative before being elected to the United States House of Representatives representing parts of Chicago. He was elected governor in 2002, the first Democrat to win the office since Dan Walker's victory 30 years earlier and won reelection to a second term in 2006.[4] Blagojevich was impeached and removed from office for corruption; he solicited bribes for political appointments, including Barack Obama's vacant U.S. Senate seat after Obama was elected president in 2008. Blagojevich was convicted and sentenced to 14 years in federal prison.

Early life

Blagojevich was born in Chicago, Illinois, the second of two children.[5] His father, Radislav, was an immigrant steel plant laborer from a village near Kragujevac, Serbia.[6] His mother, Mila Govedarica, is a Bosnian Serb originally from Gacko, Bosnia and Herzegovina.[7] His parents moved to Chicago in 1947. Blagojevich has a brother, Rob,[8] who worked as a fund-raiser for Blagojevich in his later political career.[9] Blagojevich spent much of his childhood working odd jobs to help the family pay its bills. He was a shoeshiner and pizza delivery boy before working at a meat packing plant.[6] In order to afford university costs, Blagojevich worked for the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System as a dishwasher.[6]

Blagojevich does not have a middle name, but uses the initial "R" in honor of his deceased father.[10] His nickname in the family was "Milorad," which some have mistakenly thought to be his name at birth.[2] Orthodox Christians typically carry the names of their grandparents with the name of their father as a middle name.

Blagojevich graduated from Chicago's Foreman High School after transferring from Lane Technical High School. He played basketball in high school and participated in two fights after training as a Golden Gloves boxer.[11] After graduation, he enrolled at the University of Tampa.[12] After two years, he transferred to Northwestern University in suburban Evanston, where he graduated in 1979 with a B.A. in history. He earned his J.D. from the Pepperdine University School of Law in 1983. He later said of the experience: "I went to law school at a place called Pepperdine in Malibu, California, overlooking the Pacific Ocean — a lot of surfing and movie stars and all the rest. I barely knew where that law library was."[8] Blagojevich is married to Patricia Mell, the daughter of former Chicago alderman Richard Mell.

Blagojevich voted for Ronald Reagan in 1980 and voted for his re-election in 1984.[13][14]

Amateur boxing career

Blagojevich had an amateur boxing career which spanned 13 months and included Golden Gloves competition. He trained under Jerry Marzillo in Chicago's Park District, and he fought most of his matches at the St. Andrews Gym in Chicago's Northside.[15]

Fighting as a 160-pound middleweight, Blagojevich began fighting in non-tournament "smokers" in January 1974. After defeating Patrick McAlinden, Leonard Bassuk, and Ronald Dimino over a year's time, Blagojevich felt he had enough experience to enter the local Golden Gloves Boxing Tournament.

On February 24, 1975 at St. Andrews Gym, Blagojevich won his opening night match in the middleweight division by decisioning Thomas Muhme in 3 rounds.[16] This win enabled Blagojevich to advance to the next round of the tournament.

The next night, Blagojevich lost to Patrick Porter by 3rd-round technical knockout.[16] Porter's aggressive punching attack had Blagojevich covering up his face with his boxing gloves. Because Blagojevich did not return punches, the referee stopped the match (with Blagojevich still on his feet), and awarded it to Porter.

Following his loss in the Golden Gloves, Blagojevich retired from amateur boxing. His record was 6 wins, 2 by knockout, and 1 defeat.[16]

Amateur boxing record

Result[16] Record Opponent Method Date Round Time Event Location Notes
Loss 6-1-0 Republic of IrelandPatrick Porter TKO 1975 Feb 25 3 Chicago Golden Gloves St.Andrews Gym, Northside, Chicago Finals: Middleweight Division
Win 6-0-0 United StatesThomas Muhme PTS 1975 Feb 24 3 Chicago Golden Gloves St.Andrews Gym, Northside, Chicago Semi-Finals: Middleweight Division
Win 5-0-0 United StatesRonald Dimino PTS 1975 3 Chicago Amateur Smoker
Win 4-0-0 United StatesLeonard Bassuk PTS 1975 3 Chicago Amateur Smoker
Win 3-0-0 United StatesPatrick McAlinden PTS 1974 Jan 3 Chicago Amateur Smoker
Win 2-0-0 United StatesMark Schenk TKO 1974 1 Chicago Amateur Smoker
Win 1-0-0 United StatesMax Dzwonkowsky TKO 1974 1 Chicago Amateur Smoker
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