On June 27, 2011, the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois convicted former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich of wire fraud, extortion and bribery. He had previously been found guilty of making false statements to the FBI. Blagojevich faced several deadlocked juries and tried to avoid trial, but a federal judge did not approve the motion to dismiss the remaining charges. In January 2009, Blagojevich was convicted of abuse of power and removed from office by the Illinois State Senate.
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