The FBI arrested Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich early Tuesday morning on charges that included solicitation of bribes. His chief of staff, John Harris, was also taken into custody.
The U.S. attorney’s office says the charges include soliciting payments from potential candidates to fill the vacant U.S. Senate seat of President-elect Barack Obama and offering political favors to The Chicago Tribune if it would agree to purge its editorial board – which it didn’t.
Blagojevich has been under investigation for several years, and recently federal agents made undercover tape recordings of some of his conversations.
According to the Tribune, the governor denies any wrongdoing. In a press conference Monday, Dec. 8, he said, “If anybody wants to tape my conversations, go right ahead, feel free to do it. … There is nothing but sunshine hanging over me.”
Truckers are familiar with Blagojevich as the governor who has used his veto power multiple times to stop Illinois from getting rid of its split speed limit even though the state legislature favored uniform speeds.