Illinois Governor Arrested - - Jackson, MS

Chicago, IL 12/09/08

Illinois Governor Arrested

Chicago, IL (WLBT) - Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich has been arrested on federal corruption charges.

FBI agents took Blagojevich into custody at his home early Tuesday morning.

Blagojevich and his chief of staff John Harris are charged with conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud and solicitation of bribery.

The governor is accused of attempting to sell the U.S. Senate seat recently vacated by President-elect Barack Obama.

As Illinois governor, Blagojevich is responsible for appointing a replacement.

He's also accused of using his influence in an attempt to fire members of the Chicago Tribune editorial board who had been critical of him by withholding state assistance to the Tribune company during its sale of Wrigley Field.

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