Illinois' former Gov. Blagojevich files suit to challenge law keeping him from running again

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CHICAGO — The last time convicted ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich appeared in federal court in Chicago, he watched sullenly via a video link from prison as a judge...
resentenced him to 14 years in prison for an array of corruption schemes.

Five years later, a far more upbeat Blagojevich returned in the flesh to the Dirksen U.S. Courthouse, ground zero for his historic political and personal downfall.

"I don't like this place," Blagojevich said after striding up to a battery of news microphones set up outside the building on South Dearborn Street. "I was hoping I would never have to set foot in this building again, but here I am."

This time, the ex-governor, whose sentence was commuted by President Donald Trump in February 2020, wasn't there to answer to allegations of brazenly selling a U.S. Senate seat or receive a tongue-lashing from a judge.

He was there filing a lawsuit of his own challenging the Illinois General Assembly's disqualifying resolution that prohibited him from running for any state or local office in Illinois because of his 2009 impeachment.

Blagojevich, 64, is seeking a permanent injunction from a federal judge declaring the resolution unconstitutional. Blagojevich repeatedly insisted to reporters that he had no specific plans to run for office should the suit succeed — but he wouldn't rule it out, either.

The long-shot suit, for which Blagojevich plans to act as his own attorney, offered the famously garrulous Chicago Democrat a chance to rehash his well-worn talking points for the cameras, from his familiar "play all the tapes" refrain to the railroading he said he received from House Speaker Michael Madigan…
Jason Meisner, Chicago Tribune
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