Blagojevich Blog: Blagojevich Trial Verdict

Jurors in the Rod Blagojevich corruption retrial have found the former Illinois governor guilty on 17 counts, not guilty on 1 count and were hung on 2 counts.

Verdict Summary

Guilty Not Guilty No Verdict




The counts included wire fraud, extortion, bribery, conspiracy to commit extortion and conspiracy to solicit bribes. The 20 counts involved five schemes: the marquee allegation of attempting to sell Barack Obama’s Senate seat; shaking down Children’s Memorial Hospital; shaking down the Illinois Road Builders Association; attempting to extort a race track owner; and attempting to extort then-Congressman Rahm Emanuel.

The following is a list of those schemes alleged by the prosecution with corresponding counts below. Next to each count, you can see how the jury voted.

To hear FBI recordings and read transcripts corresponding to each count, visit Chicago Tonight‘s “Breakdown of the Alleged Shakedowns” page.


Rod Blagojevich is accused of trying to use his power as governor to appoint a U.S. Senator in exchange for something of personal value, i.e. an appointment as Secretary of Health and Human Services, a job with a not-for-profit 501c4 organization, or campaign contributions. Blagojevich never received any of these.

Count 2Wire Fraud Guilty

Count 3Wire Fraud Guilty

Count 4Wire Fraud Guilty

Count 5Wire Fraud Guilty

Count 6Wire Fraud Guilty

Count 7Wire Fraud Guilty

Count 8Wire Fraud Guilty

Count 10Wire Fraud Guilty

Count 18Conspiracy to Commit Wire Fraud Guilty

Count 19Attempted Extortion Guilty

Count 20Conspiracy to Accept Bribes Guilty


Rod Blagojevich is accused of holding up a rate increase for pediatricians at Children’s Memorial Hospital, until the CEO of Children’s, Patrick Magoon, held a Blagojevich fundraiser to raise $25,000. The fundraiser was never held.

Count 1Wire Fraud Guilty

Count 12Attempted Extortion Guilty

Count 13Soliciting Bribes Guilty


Rod Blagojevich is accused of holding up the signing of a bill giving race tracks a portion of casino revenues until the CEO of the Balmoral and Maywood race tracks, John Johnston, made a $100,000 campaign contribution. Johnston never made a contribution.

Count 9Wire Fraud Guilty

Count 14Conspiracy to Commit Extortion Guilty

Count 15Conspiracy to Solicit and Accept Bribes Guilty


Rod Blagojevich is accused of dangling the possibility of a multi-billion dollar road building program in exchange for hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions to be raised by former Road Builders Association Chief Gerald Krozel. The money was never raised.

Count 16Attempted Extortion No Verdict

Count 17Soliciting Bribes Not Guilty


Rod Blagojevich is accused of holding up a grant to the Academy for Urban School Leadership unless then-Congressman Rahm Emanuel’s brother, Hollywood agent Ari Emanuel, held a fundraiser for Blagojevich. The fundraiser was never held.

Count 11Attempted Extortion No Verdict

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9 responses to “Blagojevich Trial Verdict”

  1. Lawrence F Rizzo says:


  2. Bob Hammerl says:

    Somewhere along the line you discussed narcissism and here we saw it played out to the end. Like OJ Simpson and Jim Bakker, the narcissist has no sense of right and wrong — and will use others to forge his will. Blago seemed to feel that there was some sort of point system whereby he could muster enough “good” points (free rides, etc.) to offset the bad.

    The governor of New Jersey should beware. He is getting close to crossing the line as the Atlantic City bailout (selling sex) nears.

  3. Sue V says:

    ah yes, another proud moment in Illinois history, when ever I travel, I don’t want to say I live in Illinois, I am embarrassed. I do not feel sorry for Blago or his wife, they knew exactly what they were doing. They got what they deserved. I do feel sorry for their daughters, having such jackasses for parents.

  4. John C. Hegeler says:

    From his first day in office in January 2003, he put my family and the familes of countless other state employees through hell. I along with countless other state employees have moved on and adjusted our lives accordingly. Hats off to the jury for not buying into Rod & Patti’s fantasy world.
    Today justice has been done.

  5. John C. Hegeler says:

    The government wants to seize the Ravenswood house and the Washington D.C. condo. Patti and the kids will be out on the street. Richard (Dick) Mell is quite wealthy after selling a manufacturing company. I hardly think he’s going to let his daughter and grandchildren sell pencils on the corner.
    Rod and Patti are not financially broke either.

  6. Irene Schwab says:

    Thank you, WTTW, for consistent, reliable and in-depth coverage, as well as making the same available on the’net. You folks really have done us a public service. Many thanks, again.

  7. Susan Elliott says:

    Thank you WTTW reporters who covered and reported the Governor’s story with such thoroughness and objectivity. As a Chicagoan, knowing the political landscape throughout the years, I believe Mr. Blagojovetch talked quite a bit and really didn’t do more than most past or present political figures of Illinois or elsewhere have done. I hope he appeals and wins.

  8. John C. Hegeler says:

    Not a chance!

  9. Brian J. Vickers says:

    After the verdict I can honestly say that I have less respect of Illinois politcs, as well as “American Justice System.” Because the jurors convicted Blagojevich without any physical evidence to substantiate the acusations of the prosecution, lead by Mr. Peter Fitzgerald. The criminal case was more of the same of Illinoisans, as well as the former governor (Blagojevich); becuase Blagojevich was removed from office without being able to call the necessary wittnesses to get himself exonarated. Moreover, the General Assembly (State Senate) was not able to prove any criminal activity on the part of then-governor Blagojevich; Blagojevich was removed from office becuase he had sour relationhsip with his political peers, and in particualr House Speaker Michael Madigan.