Rod Blagojevich timeline, 2008-2010

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

A look at major events since the day Rod Blagojevich, then-governor of Illinois, was arrested on corruption charges.


Dec. 9: Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is arrested at his home in Chicago as part of what federal prosecutors call a "political corruption crime spree." He is accused of conspiring to sell or trade the U.S. Senate seat vacated by then-president-elect Barack Obama and engaging in "pay-to-play" politics. Blagojevich's chief of staff John Harris also is arrested.

Dec. 15: The Illinois House launches an impeachment probe.

Dec. 30: Blagojevich appoints former Illinois Attorney General Roland Burris to the U.S. Senate despite criticism from Senate leaders.


Jan. 9: Blagojevich is impeached - a first for Illinois. The House vote was 114-1. Blagojevich holds a news conference and vows to "continue to fight every step of the way."

Jan. 15: Burris is sworn in as a U.S. senator, taking the Illinois seat previously held by Obama.

Jan. 23-26: Blagojevich launches a media blitz that takes him to the "Today Show," "Good Morning America" and "The View," among other appearances.

Jan. 26: The impeachment trial begins in Springfield, Ill.

Jan. 30: Blagojevich becomes the first Illinois governor to be impeached after a 59-0 Senate vote.

April 2: Blagojevich is formally indicted on corruption charges. Co-defendants are his brother, Rob Blagojevich; former chief of staff Alonzo Monk; current chief of staff Harris; fundraiser Christopher Kelly; and broker William Cellini.

June 1: Rod Blagojevich's wife, Patti, appears on "I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Outta Here!" a reality show. She lasts 23 days.

July 8: Harris pleads guilty to wire fraud, agreeing to testify against the former governor.

Sept. 8-11: In another media blitz, Blagojevich and his wife give interviews on several TV shows, including "The Early Show," "Inside Edition" and "Jimmy Kimmel Live"

Sept. 12: Kelly commits suicide.

Oct. 20: Monk pleads guilty to wire fraud.


March: Blagojevich appears alongside Bret Michaels, Cyndi Lauper and others on Donald Trump's "Celebrity Apprentice." He is "fired" several weeks later.

May 12: A federal appeals court denies Blagojevich's request to delay his trial. The Supreme Court denies the request two weeks later.

June 3: Rod Blagojevich and his brother, Rob, go to trial.

June 10: Prosecutors play the now-infamous tapes of Rod Blagojevich's wiretapped phone calls.

July 13: Prosecutors rest their case.

July 21: The defense rests its case without calling any witnesses, including the former governor, who had vowed to testify.

July 26-27: Closing arguments.

July 28: The jury begins deliberations in the corruption trial of Rod Blagojevich and his brother, Rob.

Aug. 11: Unable to reach a decision, the jury sends a note to Judge James Zagel looking for guidance on how to proceed.