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Blago the 4th past Illinois gov convicted of crime


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Updated: June 28, 2011 2:12AM

Rod Blagojevich is the fourth Illinois governor to be convicted of crimes, his conviction Monday putting him in the company of Democrats Otto Kerner and Dan Walker and Republican George Ryan.

† Ryan, who was governor from 1999 through 2003, was convicted after leaving office of 18 criminal counts, including racketeering, for actions as governor and secretary of state. In November 2007, he began serving 6½ years in federal prison.

† Walker, governor from 1973 to 1977, pleaded guilty to bank fraud and other federal charges in 1987 for bilking an Oak Brook savings and loan that he headed after leaving public office. He spent just over a year and a half in federal prison.

† Kerner, governor from 1961 to 1968, resigned to become a judge, then was convicted of bribery related to his tenure as governor and sentenced to three years in prison.

Also, two others were charged but found not guilty:

† Lake County Republican William G. Stratton, governor from 1953 to 1961, was indicted after leaving office on income-tax evasion charges but was acquitted.

† Kankakee Republican Lennington Small, governor from 1921 to 1929, was indicted while in office on embezzlement charges but was acquitted.

Additionally, Democrat Joel Aldrich Matteson, who served from 1853 to 1857, was twice indicted, then unindicted, by a Sangamon County grand jury for embezzling $388,000. He avoided prison after agreeing to reimburse the state treasury.

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