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Report: Blagojevich to host ‘The Lightning Rod’ podcast for WLS

Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich will begin hosting a podcast called “The Lightning Rod” for WLS radio, veteran Chicago media reporter Robert Feder reports.

The podcast will begin on Wednesday for the formerly imprisoned governor.

Blagojevich walked out of prison in February after President Donald Trump cut short the 14-year prison sentence handed to the former Illinois governor for political corruption.

Blagojevich was convicted in 2011 of crimes including trying to sell an appointment to Barack Obama’s old Senate seat.

Blagojevich also was convicted on six counts related to campaign contribution shakedowns, including one count that said he essentially tried to trade $8 million in added state funding to pediatric specialists for a $25,000 campaign donation from a hospital CEO.

In 2015, five of those counts were thrown out in appellate courts, although his 14-year sentence was reimposed months later.

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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