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Rod Blagojevich
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U.S. Governor
    (December 10, 1956- )
    Born in Chicago, Illinois
    Birth name is Milorad R. Blagojevich
    Cook County Assistant State's Attorney (1980s)
    Member of the Illinois House of Representatives (1993-1997)
    Democratic Congressman from Illinois (1997-2003)
    Democratic Governor of Illinois (2003- )
    Last name is pronounced 'bluh-GOY-uh-vitch'
    Serbian Orthodox (Eastern Orthodox Christian)
    His surname is hard to pronounce!
    He has his staff carry 'the football' (a big hairbrush) for public events.
    His ACT scores weren't too great (18 or 19).
    He got a 'C' in Constitutional Law at law school.
    As Governor, he lives in Chicago instead of Illinois' state capital, Springfield.
    He feuded with his father-in-law, who helped him get into politics.
    He has been accused of borrowing his way to balanced budgets.
    He reportedly took a $1,500 check from a state employee's spouse.
    He was arrested by the FBI on corruption charges including trying to trade Barack Obama's former senate seat for favors (December 9, 2008).
    He fumbled on excuses for the $1,500, involving his daughter.
    He appointed a Nation of Islam woman to a hate crime panel.
    He signed health care for kids into law despite unpaid Medicare bills.
    He has been federally investigated for hiring practices (2006).
    On 'The Daily Show,' a fake reporter goofed on his last name.
    Blagojevich's response? 'Is he teasing me or is this legit?'
    He used executive orders to resolve reproductive issues.
    His 2007 Gross Receipts Tax proposal is unpopular with his economic-populist Lieutenant Governor.
    He was found guilty of 17 corruption related charges, including a charge of trying to sell Barack Obama's Senate seat (June 27, 2011).
    He came from a poor family and worked as a kid to help his family survive.
    He is a former Golden Gloves boxer.
    He went to Belgrade in Yugoslavia to negotiate the release of U.S. prisoners.
    He is the second Serbian-American to be elected as a Governor (after George Voinovich).
    He succeeded George Ryan, Illinois' corrupt and convicted former Governor.
    He shut down a landfill that was owned by a relative in 2005.
    He remarked that the landfill shutdown took 'testicular virility.'
    He took the middle initial 'R' as a tribute to his late father Radisaz.
    He used Elvis Presley's 'A Little Less Conversation' as his campaign theme song.

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    For 2019, as of last week, Out of 44 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
    In 2018, Out of 103 Votes: 54.37% Annoying
    In 2017, Out of 183 Votes: 71.58% Annoying
    In 2016, Out of 22 Votes: 54.55% Annoying
    In 2015, Out of 77 Votes: 58.44% Annoying
    In 2014, Out of 1335 Votes: 77.15% Annoying
    In 2013, Out of 50 Votes: 64.00% Annoying
    In 2012, Out of 340 Votes: 80.59% Annoying
    In 2011, Out of 399 Votes: 76.69% Annoying
    In 2010, Out of 1109 Votes: 64.92% Annoying
    In 2009, Out of 925 Votes: 70.92% Annoying
    In 2008, Out of 2618 Votes: 55.84% Annoying
    In 2007, Out of 143 Votes: 72.03% Annoying
 
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