Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Governor Held in Shakedown of Tribune, Cubs

Charged With Conspiracy to Sell
Obama's Vacant Senate Seat

Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich was arrested on Tuesday on charges he brazenly conspired to sell or trade the U.S. Senate seat left vacant by President-elect Barack Obama to the highest bidder in what a federal prosecutor called a "corruption crime spree."

U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald told a news conference prosecutors make "no allegations" Obama was aware of any alleged scheming.

Blagojevich, right, also was charged with illegally threatening to withhold state assistance to Tribune Co., the owner of the Chicago Tribune, in the sale of Wrigley Field, according to a federal criminal complaint. In return for state assistance, Blagojevich allegedly wanted members of the paper's editorial board who had been critical of him fired. [Click for MORE]

> Governor accused of seeking revenge against Tribune for critical editorials

> Read the complaint against Gov. Blagojevich HERE.

> Blagojevich free on $4,500 bond

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