Rod Blagojevich arraigned on corruption charges

CHICAGO, April 14 (UPI) -- Former Illinois Gov.

Rod Blagojevich has a date in federal court in Chicago for his arraignment on criminal corruption charges.

Blagojevich, indicted on 16 criminal counts including racketeering conspiracy and wire fraud, was to be arraigned Tuesday before U.S. District Judge James Zagel, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich pleaded not guilty this morning to 16 charges of criminal corruption including racketeering conspiracy and wire fraud.

His brother, Robert, a fundraiser for his campaigns, also pleaded not guilty to similar charges.

The former governor remained free on bond after the 10-minute hearing in which his lawyer Sheldon Sorosky did most of the talking for him.

CHICAGO — Rod R. Blagojevich, this state’s ousted governor who had for months told anyone who would listen that he has done nothing corrupt, finally got to say as much to a judge.