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The head of the McLean County Republican party said she was disappointed to see President Donald Trump commute former Gov. Rod Blagojevich's 14-year prison sentence on Tuesday.

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State Sen. Jason Barickman of Bloomington said the problem of violent rhetoric in American politics spans both parties.

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Ten years ago this month, Rod Blagojevich was impeached and removed as Illinois governor. Blagojevich was later convicted of corruption, including attempts to sell a U-S Senate seat.  He received a 14 year sentence and remains in prison. 

News Analysis — This coming Sunday, December 9, marks the 10th anniversary of the day the FBI arrested Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich.

The event led to his impeachment, criminal conviction and a 14-year prison sentence. There were also changes in state ethics laws.

But there are those who say the corruption was not the worst part of the Blagojevich administration — and I am among them. I'll make that argument in this week's Illinois Issues in-depth report.

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Bloomington-Normal's two congressmen cautioned President Trump on Monday against commuting or pardoning former Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

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President Donald Trump said Thursday he is considering commuting the sentence of ex-Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich and pardoning Martha Stewart.

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The Supreme Court for the second time has refused to hear an appeal by imprisoned former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich of his corruption convictions.

Court Rejects Blagojevich Appeal

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A federal court has taken just three days to reject the appeal of imprisoned former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich seeking a third sentencing.

The unanimous ruling Friday by the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago dismissed arguments that the Democrat's trial-court judge should have reduced his 14-year prison term for corruption because of his good behavior behind bars. 

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A lawyer for former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich says now that a judge has declined to lighten Blagojevich's 14-year prison sentence, he may again appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. 

Defense attorney Leonard Goodman says the decision of whether to appeal will be up to Blagojevich, adding ``I don't see why he wouldn't.''  

The high court refused to consider Blagojevich's corruption conviction earlier this year. At the time, one argument prosecutors made against the appeal being heard was that re-sentencing and other legal steps needed to play out. 

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Federal prosecutors have recommended that a judge impose the same 14-year prison sentence on Rod Blagojevich at his August resentencing that the imprisoned governor received at his original sentencing in 2011.

The filing by the U.S. attorney's office comes after an appeals court struck five of the Chicago Democrat's 18 convictions last year.