Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich will serve his full 14-year prison sentence for corruption, a federal judge ruled Tuesday.

U.S. District Judge James Zagel resentenced Blagojevich at the Dirksen U.S. Courthouse in Chicago. The resentencing was necessary after a federal appeals court dismissed five of 18 counts against the ex-governor last year.

Blagojevich is scheduled to be released in May 2024.

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In 2011, Blagojevich was convicted of multiple charges, including lying to federal agents, carrying out shakedowns for campaign cash and trying to sell Barack Obama’s U.S. Senate seat during the presidential election in 2008.

A white-haired Blagojevich appeared via video before Zagel Tuesday. The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals dismissed some convictions related to Blagojevich selling Obama’s senate seat in July 2015.

Elected as governor in 2002, Blagojevich was re-elected four years later. The Illinois House of Representatives impeached the Democratic governor in January 2009 while he was still in office following his arrest on the corruption charges.

Blagojevich, 59, is incarcerated at the FCI Englewood in Littleton, Colorado.

Casey Toner

Casey Toner, a Chicago native, has been an Illinois Answers reporter since 2016, taking the lead on numerous projects about criminal justice and politics. His series on police shootings in suburban Cook...