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Illinois Gov. Blagojevich Arrested On Corruption Charges; Whither The Obama Senate Appointment?

Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich was arrested this morning on federal corruption charges, accused of trying to personally enrich himself and his wife in conspiring to sell President-elect Barack Obama's vacated Senate seat for favors. Blagojevich, a 51-year-old Democrat who has been under various ethics investigations over the years, was heard on a court-approved wiretap over the past month saying, "I want to make money."

In a statement, U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald said, "The breadth of corruption laid out in these charges is staggering."

More to come.