Politician. The youngest of two children, Rod Blagojevich was born in Chicago, Illinois, on December 10th, 1956. His father, Radisa Blagojevich, was an immigrant steel plant laborer from Serbia, and a former Nazi prisoner during World War II. His mother, Millie, was the child of immigrants from Bosnia-Herzegovina, and worked as a ticket-taker for the Chicago Transit Authority. The family lived in a working class immigrant neighborhood in Chicago.