Gov. Blagojevich Arrested (12-9-2008)

Has it been five years already?

Early on the morning of December 9, 2008 federal officials arrested Governor Rod Blagojevich at his Albany Park home. He was charged with various offenses, most notably attempting to sell the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by President-elect Obama. As we all know, Blagojevich is currently a long-term guest of the government, the fourth of eight Illinois governors—and the second in a row—to wind up behind bars.

A typical day at the Blagojevich home in 2009

A typical day at the Blagojevich home in 2009

In 2009 I was taking pictures in Albany Park for a blog post when I came upon this group of TV vans. A man walking his dog told me that I had stumbled on the Blagojevich residence, and that the scene was pretty common. I assume the neighborhood is quieter now.


12 Responses to “Gov. Blagojevich Arrested (12-9-2008)”

  1. 1 Levois December 10, 2013 at 9:02 pm

    Wow! I’m glad that’s an episode that has passed at least for those live in that neighborhood. This was truly history.

    • 2 J.R. Schmidt December 10, 2013 at 9:24 pm

      When the house goes up for sale, I wonder whether its history will give it a higher selling price–or a lower one.

      • 3 Ralph December 11, 2013 at 4:03 pm

        The house was up for sale in October 20011 for 1.07 million. They later reduced the selling price to $998,000. With no takers, the house was taken off the market in March 2012. This is according to CBS news.

      • 4 J.R. Schmidt December 11, 2013 at 4:14 pm

        Even that second price seems pretty steep for the size of the house. It’s a nice neighborhood, but it’s not the Gold Coast.

  2. 5 Garry December 10, 2013 at 11:53 pm

    Don’t forget John White’s fantastic photo in the Sun-Times of Blago with the “Target Rats” poster behind him.
    And the ST went & laid him off!

  3. 6 Ralph December 11, 2013 at 4:12 pm

    I forgot to mention, it was Rod’s birthday yesterday, 12/10/1956. I wonder if they purposely arrested him one day before his birthday?

  4. 8 Alzo December 11, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    Although part of Albany Park, this subdivision of mostly single-family homes goes by the name of Ravenswood Manor.

    • 9 J.R. Schmidt December 11, 2013 at 6:56 pm

      The other (western) end of Albany Park is also a single-family area, known as Mayfair. Neither of these neighborhoods very much resemble the central section near the ‘L’ terminal. University of Chicago scholars determined community boundaries in the 1920s. With a few exceptions, those boundaries remain in place, even though settlement patterns have changed over 90 years.

    • 10 Alzo December 11, 2013 at 7:20 pm

      … which is curious, because it’s west of the river and therefore not a part of greater Ravenswood. Somebody probably wanted to distance it from the rough n tumble immigrant neighborhood of Albany Park. Those darn realtors…

  5. 11 Ralph December 12, 2013 at 1:58 pm

    Happy Birthday J.R.!

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