Illinois list of past investigations and convictions

A 76-page FBI affidavit said the 51-year-old Democratic governor was intercepted on court-authorized wiretaps over the last month conspiring to sell or trade the vacant Senate seat for personal benefits for himself and his wife, Patti.

“Obviously like the rest of the people of Illinois I am saddened and sobered by the news that came out of the US attorney’s office today,” said President-elect Obama this afternoon in Chicago, speaking of the criminal complaint against Democratic Gov. Rod Blagojevich for corruption. “But as this is a ongoing investigation involving the governor I don’t think it would be appropriate for me to comment on the issue at this time.”


Following is a list of some other high-profile investigations and convictions in the state:


* Operation Greylord, a federal probe into the Chicago court system, was completed in 1988 with convictions and guilty pleas from 87 court personnel and attorneys, including 13 judges.


* Operation Silver Shovel, a federal probe into Chicago city government, ended in 1996 with 18 convictions and guilty pleas from public employees and six aldermen.


* Illinois Auditor Orville Hodge was convicted in 1956 for embezzling $2 million in state funds.


* Gov. Otto Kerner, a Democrat, was convicted in 1972 on income tax charges involving stock in race tracks acquired while in office.


* Illinois Attorney General William Scott was convicted in 1991 on income tax charges involving misuse of campaign funds.


* U.S. Rep. Daniel Rostenkowski, a Democrat, was convicted in 1996 on mail fraud charges related to public corruption.


Source: Illinois Campaign for Political Reform

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