Milorad "Rod" Blagojevich born

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.

Rod Blagojevich was elected governor of Illinois in 2002, the first Democrat elected to the office since 1972.

He grew up in Chicago, the son of a Serbian immigrant who worked at the A. Finkl & Sons steel works on the North Side; his mother worked as a ticket-taker for the Chicago Transit Authority.