Rod Blagojevich

Rod R. Blagojevich was sworn in to serve a second term as the 40th
Governor of Illinois on January 8, 2007.

As Illinois' chief executive officer, Gov. Blagojevich is working
aggressively to create jobs, build stronger communities, provide
Illinois families the tools they need to improve their lives, and
restore the people's confidence in state government.

Gov. Blagojevich's top priority is ensuring access to quality healthcare for everyone in Illinois. That is why Gov. Blagojevich proposed a historic and comprehensive plan to give every Illinoisan access to affordable and quality health coverage. While the Governor’s “All Kids” plan, which took effect last year, extended coverage to all children in the state, approximately 1.4 million adults in Illinois are currently uninsured. The Governor’s plan will provide affordable coverage to the uninsured and will also help many middle-income families and small businesses that are currently enrolled in health insurance plans save thousands a year on healthcare costs. The plan will also reform the existing healthcare system to improve quality and require more accountability.

Providing safe and affordable prescription drug medication is also an
important initiative of the Governor. In fact, Gov. Blagojevich has been a leading advocate for providing Americans access to safe and affordable prescription drugs from Canada, the United Kingdom and Ireland, as well as expanding their healthcare coverage. Gov. Blagojevich created the Illinois Cares Rx Program to make sure no seniors fell through the gap when the new Medicare drug benefit went into effect on January 1, 2006. The new “wrap around coverage” provided to Illinois seniors and persons with disabilities helps cover the increased costs of the Medicare program, including premium costs, coinsurance, coverage during the “donut”, and the deductible.

Additionally, the Governor is committed to improving the quality of
education in Illinois. During his first four years in office, Gov.
Blagojevich dedicated $3.8 billion of new funding into Illinois schools. This represents more new money invested in education than any other state in the Midwest, more than 43 other states in the nation, and more than any administration in one term in Illinois history. In addition to new PreK-12 education funding, last year’s budget also funds new initiatives proposed by the Governor, including universal preschool, a pilot program to reduce class sizes in kindergarten through 3rd grade, and a grant program for families struggling to afford the high costs of college.

Prior to his election, Gov. Blagojevich was a Cook County Assistant
State's Attorney. During his tenure, he prosecuted domestic abuse cases and felony weapons charges, which made him a strong advocate for tougher sentencing laws when he was elected to the General Assembly in 1992.

In 1996, he was elected to represent Illinois' 5th District in the U.S.
House of Representatives. While a congressman, he secured funding for after-school tutoring programs and distinguished himself as an advocate for education. He was also a leader in the fight to establish a Patients' Bill of Rights, to assure prompt access to mammograms, and to require higher safety and care standards at nursing homes.

Gov. Blagojevich was born December 10, 1956, on the Northwest side of Chicago. He graduated from Northwestern University in 1979 and earned his law degree from Pepperdine School of Law in 1983. He and his wife, Patti, have two daughters, 10-year-old Amy and 4-year-old Annie.



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