As part of a special encore presentation of Eight Forty-Eight, producer Katie O'Brien looked back on the year’s milestones. The saga of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich has been punctuated by many significant—sometimes bizarre—chapters since his arrest in 2008. The trials were full of drama, characters and tapes—lots and lots of tapes.
In late June, Blagojevich was convicted on 17 counts of corruption—bringing the grand total to 18 counts. And earlier this month, the former governor received his sentence—14 years. There were mixed reactions from the community—and Eight Forty-Eight wanted to hear them all.
After Judge Zagel delivered his sentence, Eight Forty-Eight invited listeners to call, tweet and live chat. While WBEZ's Justin Kaufmann moderated the online chat at WBEZ.org, reporters Sam Hudzik and Robert Wildeboer joined Eight Forty'Eight’s Alison Cuddy to unpack the sentence and answer calls First, the show hit the streets and got Chicagoans initial reactions.
Blagojevich's attorneys are appealing his sentence. Meantime Blagojevich must to report to prison by March 15.