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New Surprises in Blagojevich's Indictment

Yesterday, a 75-page federal indictment dropped on the heads of our former governor and five of his closest associates. Rod Blagojevich, his brother Rob, his top fundraiser Christopher Kelly and two former chiefs of staff are among those charged with racketeering, fraud and extortion. Through a written statement, Blagojevich maintained his innocence -- but he has a big fight ahead of him once he returns from a family vacation in Florida.

Most political watchers were expecting the allegations that the former governor offered political favors in exchange for campaign contributions and even went so far as to try to sell an appointment to the U.S. Senate. But there were a few surprises. We take a look at how Springfield lawmakers and Blagojevich's former constituents reacted to the news, and our criminal justice reporter Robert Wildeboer and former federal prosecutor Pat Deady tell us what was surprising about the indictment.

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