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Illinois Governor arrested on corruption charges

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The Governor of Illinois, Rod Blagojevich, has been arrested on corruption charges, after allegedly trying to trade the US Senate seat about to be vacated by President-elect Barack Obama.

An FBI affidavit alleged the 51-year old governor was caught on wiretaps during the past month.

But the day before the arrest, he was defiant:

“I think there is nothing but sunshine hanging over me,” the Illinois Governor said. “By the way, if anybody wants to tape my conversations, go right ahead, feel free to do it. I appreciate anybody who wants to tape me openly and notoriously. Those who feel like they want to sneakily and wear taping devices, I would remind them that it kinda smells like Nixon and Watergate,” Rod Blagojevich said.

Democrat Rod Blagojevich is the latest in a string of Illinois governors who has fallen foul of the law.

His immediate predecessor, Republican Governor George Ryan, is in jail after a federal corruption conviction.