Illinois Gov. Blagojevich arrested on suspicion of corruption

Tuesday, December 9, 2008 | 9:17 a.m. CST

CHICAGO — An official says Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich has been arrested in Chicago on corruption charges stemming from the selection of the successor to President-elect Barack Obama's U.S. Senate seat.

U.S. Attorney's office spokesman Randall Samborn says both Blagojevich and his chief of staff John Harris were arrested Tuesday. Authorities aren't yet releasing details about those charges. However, a federal law enforcement official tells The Associated Press the governor is accused of corruption charges. The official says the charges stem from the selection process of a successor to Obama.

Federal prosecutors have investigated Blagojevich's administration for at least three years. They've been looking at everything from how he hired people for state jobs to the actions of friends and contributors.

The governor has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing.


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