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Rod Blagojevich: Former Illinois Governor

Updated on November 27, 2012

Rod Blagojevich: Former Illinois Governor

Learn more about Illinois' impeached former governor, Rod Blagojevich. Investigated for various corruption charges, including selling then Senator Obama's Senate seat, Blagojevich was impeached by the Illinois state legislature. As he awaits his trial, he is considering various radio and reality television jobs, including future seasons of "I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!" He recently appeared on Donald Trump's "Celebrity Apprentice", but was fired several episodes into the show.

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The Governor
The Governor

THE GOVERNOR provides the most comprehensive look to date at the life of a twice-elected public official in the notoriously complicated world of Illinois politics. We take a tour through the segregated neighborhoods of Chicago, a city of great ethnic diversity, and see firsthand how those divides can evolve into cabals that rival anything found on the national political scene.

We follow the governor as he is awakened early one morning –his young daughter sleeping peacefully beside him – and unceremoniously arrested by FBI agents without knowing the charges being brought against him. We see the harsh glare of the spotlight, the media whirlwind already staking out his home and family, rushing to judgment before even the governor himself knew what crimes he’d been accused of committing. We follow him through the maze of political conspiracies that threaten to unseat and impeach the governor of the fifth largest state in the U.S. –forces brought to light by the ambition of an attorney general and the greed of her Democratic State Party Chairman father –as well as the zeal of a federal prosecutor and the manipulations of a disloyal lieutenant governor.

The behind-the-scenes workings to fill the Senate seat vacated by the most popular President-elect in decades becomes something much more incendiary when wiretapped conversations are used by authorities to commit the arrest. But, as the governor soon learns, those tapes are not allowed to be played at his impeachment hearings in the House or Senate. What is on those tapes? And why will the prosecution not let them be heard if they were the primary factor in initiating the arrest that started this political scandal in the first place?

Quoting from sources as diverse as Jim Wallis’ God’s Politics to Aeschylus , Shakespeare to The Purpose Driven Life, THE GOVERNOR provides not just an inside look at politics on a state and national level but a treatise on the proper place of government in the everyday lives of its people.

It is a mandate for healthcare reform, which the governor feels is the civil rights issue of our lifetime. It is a clarion cry, remarkably, against cynicism in modern governing and a return to a more thoughtful and informed sense of government that views its state budgets as “moral documents.” It is a lament against the current state of the political landscape, one that too often is wracked by scandal and interwoven with a media-driven culture obsessed with scandal and snap judgments.

And it is a proclamation that one man will not be silenced, that his side of the story must be heard and that the fight for American liberties and freedom must sometimes occur within its own borders.


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    • MargoPArrowsmith profile image

      MargoPArrowsmith 7 years ago

      Well, he got caught doing what a lot of other people should have been caught doing. But he didn't know that it is no longer the 20th century.

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      chrissuard lm 7 years ago

      Can't believe he thought he'd get away with everything. Nice detailed lens, thank you!

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      Anthony Godinho 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I can't say I know too much about Rod, but from the information I've been privy to, looks like he's got himself in hot water and likes the attention of the media. It's kinda sad to see such things happen. All I can is God have mercy on him!

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      squid-janices7 7 years ago

      Some of the best Daily Show moments involve Jon Stewart saying Blagojevich's name and poking fun at him. He just does crazy things like doing a gig as an Elvis impersonator using karaoke (and yes that was after he was governor). I think it is your 4th video clip. Great lens!

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      kab 7 years ago from Upstate, NY

      Boy did he come off as a moron on The Apprentice!

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      julieannbrady 8 years ago

      You know I have a difficult time trying to pronounce his name. I have to say, I was quite impressed with his wife on that reality TV show in the Costa Rican jungle!