Rod Blagojevich

Rod
Blagojevich
1956

American Politician, Governor of Illinois, U.S. House of Representatives representing Chicago, Impeached and removed from office for corruption; solicited bribes for political appointments, Convicted and Sentenced to 14 years in federal prison

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A successful economic development strategy must focus on improving the skills of the area's workforce, reducing the cost of doing business and making available the resources business needs to compete and thrive in today's global economy.

I will continue to get up every single day to work as hard as I possibly can for the people, starting tomorrow, where I hope to meet with the legislative leaders so that we can balance the budget in a way that's fair and helps people, and to pass a capital construction program that will stimulate our economy and create more than 500,000 jobs.

Let's put aside the politics and trust the people. Let's embrace the unique opportunity we all have; take the heat and make the hard and difficult decisions, knowing that we're doing it to make things better for the people of Illinois.

Ask any woman and she'll tell you: health care for women is more expensive than it is for men. In fact, during their reproductive years, women spend 68% more on health care than men do.

I will fight, I will fight, I will fight until I take my last breath. I have done nothing wrong.

One of the greatest challenges in collecting child support is that deadbeat dads move from job to job and state to state. it's hard to keep track of them.

Biofuels are the future of energy in this nation and around the world.

I?m blacker than Barack Obama. I shined shoes. I grew up in a five-room apartment. My father had a little laundromat in a black community not far from where we lived. I saw it all growing up. ? in an interview with Esquire magazine for its February 2010 issue.

Our children's health and well-being are dependent on our commitment to promoting food access and good eating habits at home, at school and in the community.

By the way, I should say, if anyone wants to tape my conversations, go right ahead, feel free to do it. I appreciate anybody who wants to tape me openly.

I?m Icarus, who flew too close to the sun. And I crashed to the ground.

Parents don't need government to raise their kids. That's their job. But government can help them protect their children from influences they may not want their kids exposed to

Dec. 9 to my family, to us, to me, is what Pearl Harbor Day was to the United States. ? Jan. 22, 2009 about the day of his arrest.

I?ve got this thing and it?s f?ing golden, and, uh, uh, I?m just not giving it up for f?-in? nothing. I?m not gonna do it. And, and I can always use it. I can parachute me there.

Part of protecting our homeland means being less dependent on foreign countries for our energy.

Do you have the testicular virility to make a decision like that, knowing what's coming your way and then stick to it, which is what I did, and knowing all of this that we're dealing with now is what we have to deal with? I say I do.

If you don't take enough math classes or science classes or writing intensive classes, you're not going to be prepared to compete in college or the workplace -- no matter what your diploma says.

The Ryan administration ended their days in office by using the power at their discretion to put friends and associates in high-paying jobs, he said. I intend to use every power I have and my discretion as governor to eliminate unqualified, unnecessary and overpaid individuals wherever I find them in state government.

Each proposed B-2 stealth bomber costs three times more than it would if every part of the plane were made from solid gold. The cost is $2.3 billion each.

I'll do anything, legal and ethical and honest.

This kind of examination isn't a bad thing if you're confident that your systems are working and that you know that you try to do things honestly, ethically and responsibly.

For the same reason we don't allow kids to buy pornography, for the same reason we don't allow kids to buy cigarettes, for the same reason we don't allow kids to buy alcohol, we shouldn't allow them to go to stores and buy video games.

I'm blacker than Barack Obama. I shined shoes. I grew up in a five-room apartment. My father had a little laundromat in a black community not far from where we lived. I saw it all growing up.

Today I am signing a bill into law that finally gives Illinois revolutionary ethics reform. We are not just tinkering at the edges, tweaking here and tightening there. Today we are re-establishing the primacy of principle over politics, and in Illinois that constitutes real change.

Health care is not a privilege. It's a right. It's a right as fundamental as civil rights. It's a right as fundamental as giving every child a chance to get a public education.

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First Name
Rod
Last Name
Blagojevich
Birth Date
1956
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American Politician, Governor of Illinois, U.S. House of Representatives representing Chicago, Impeached and removed from office for corruption; solicited bribes for political appointments, Convicted and Sentenced to 14 years in federal prison