Former Illinois Governor sentenced to 14 years

CHICAGO Wed Dec 7, 2011 6:42pm GMT

Disgraced former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich leaves his home in Chicago home for the second day of his sentencing hearing December 7, 2011. REUTERS/John Gress

Disgraced former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich leaves his home in Chicago home for the second day of his sentencing hearing December 7, 2011.

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CHICAGO (Reuters) - Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich on Wednesday was sentenced to 14 years in federal prison for political corruption included trying to sell the U.S. Senate seat vacated by then president-elect Barack Obama.

Blagojevich, a flamboyant two-term Democrat who was ousted from office in 2009, was convicted of seeking jobs and campaign contributions in exchange for state government action.

(Reporting by Janan Hanna; Writing by Mary Wisniewski; Editing by Greg McCune)

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