Rod Blagojevich

Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, and wife Patti, center, right, give a statement before leaving the Dirksen U.S.

December 2008 – June 27, 2011

Former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich found out the hard way that the grease-palmed politics of yesteryear just don’t fly anymore. In June Blagojevich was found guilty of 17 corruption charges, including soliciting bribes to fill Barack Obama’s senate seat.