former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich

Illinois lawmakers across the political spectrum aren't happy about President Donald Trump's commutation of former Governor Rod Blagojevich's 14-year prison sentence on corruption charges. 

President Donald Trump says he has commuted the 14-year prison sentence of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich. The 63-year-old Democrat is expected to walk out of prison later Tuesday. 

President Donald Trump says he's still considering whether to sign commutation papers freeing former Illinois governor and one-time "Celebrity Apprentice" contestant Rod Blagojevich from federal prison in Colorado.

Mendoza Claims Rauner is State's Worst Governor

Jun 7, 2017

Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza says she's never seen a worse governor than Republican Governor Bruce Rauner, and that includes one she helped impeach.

Rauner and Mendoza have had something of a rivalry since Mendoza was elected comptroller in November. 

Here she was speaking to the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce today: 

MENDOZA: as a Democrat who led the impeachment efforts against former Governor Blagojevich  . . . i was like for sure this is the litmus test for bad governor's in my lifetime . . . but I gotta say, governor Rauner proved me wrong.  

Lawyers for former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich have asked for another hearing before the same three-judge panel that affirmed his 14-year prison sentence last month.  Blagojevich's attorney petitioned the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Friday to rehear his case. 

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 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.

President Barack Obama is leaving office without granting early prison release to former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.  Obama released a list of his final acts of clemency today and the list didn't include Blagojevich.