The Democratic Governor of Illinois Arrested on Federal Corruption Charges 

Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich appeared in court Tuesday afternoon to hear federal corruption charges against him. He was released on $4,500 bail. The governor, who appeared in court in a blue jogging suit, also had to forfeit his passport. FBI agents arrested Blagojevich and his chief of staff, John Harris, early Tuesday on federal corruption charges related in part to the selection of President-elect Barack Obama’s successor to the Senate, the U.S. attorney’s office said. U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald declared Tuesday a “sad day for government.” “Gov. Blagojevich has taken us to a new low,” he said. “This conduct would make [Abraham] Lincoln roll over in his grave.”