Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich waves to the crowd in front of his home as he leaves for prison on March 15, 2012, in Chicago.

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Rauner on Potential Blagojevich Pardon: 'That Would Be a Mistake'

Ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich has filed papers asking President Trump to commute his 14-year prison term.

June 05, 2018 - 5:06 pm
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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (KMOX) - Illinois' imprisoned ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich has filed papers asking President Donald Trump to commute his 14-year prison term for corruption that included seeking to sell an appointment to the Senate seat Barack Obama vacated to become president.

The papers were submitted Tuesday.

Trump last week broached the idea of freeing the 61-year-old, suggesting the former "Celebrity Apprentice" contestant was convicted for "being stupid." His convictions include trying to shake down a children's hospital. 

Current Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner made his feelings on the subject crystal clear Tuesday on the Mark Reardon Show.


 
"That would be a mistake. Blagojevich is a crook," he told Reardon. "Judges and lawyers have reviewed his case many times; they've all come to the same conclusion. He's right where he deserves to be."

And that's behind bars.