CHICAGO (AP) – Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich will have $107,367 from his pension to give his wife and daughters as he heads off to prison later this month.
U.S. District Judge James Zagel has ordered Illinois to turn over $21,800 from Blagojevich’s $129,167.86 in state retirement plan contributions to satisfy a $20,000 fine and $1,800 in court costs levied when the Democrat was sentenced on a corruption conviction.
After Blagojevich in December received a 14-year sentence, Attorney General Lisa Madigan issued an opinion that the ex-governor couldn’t collect a state pension. Blagojevich is eligible for the pension he earned during six years in Congress.
Blagojevich was sentenced on 18 corruption-related counts, including charges that he tried to sell or trade the U.S. Senate seat vacated by President Barack Obama.
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