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Remember when the governor of Illinois supposedly tried to sell President Obama’s Senate seat? Or, how the same ex-governor got a “You’re fired” from Donald Trump on 'The Celebrity Apprentice'? New from WBEZ Chicago, 'Public Official A' uncovers the rise and fall of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich. How he did whatever it took to reach the top. The trail of destruction left in his wake. And how the complexities, charisma, and tragic flaws of this public official resonate today.

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    • 4.6, 450 Ratings

Remember when the governor of Illinois supposedly tried to sell President Obama’s Senate seat? Or, how the same ex-governor got a “You’re fired” from Donald Trump on 'The Celebrity Apprentice'? New from WBEZ Chicago, 'Public Official A' uncovers the rise and fall of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich. How he did whatever it took to reach the top. The trail of destruction left in his wake. And how the complexities, charisma, and tragic flaws of this public official resonate today.

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4.6 out of 5
450 Ratings
450 Ratings
java1994 ,

Informative

Very informative and keeps the listener engaged.

Do a podcast on ex-Cicero town president Betty Loren Maltese!

ross_realworld ,

A fascinating listen

The production and approach is very well done. I accept some comments that Mrs.Blagojevich gets sympathetic treatment but she's paying a price also and is struggling. She is open and articulate about the problems despite being in denial about her husband's crimes. I am on a POA binge and it's informative and entertaining. Well done WBEZ Chicago. I hope you get to produce The Rise and Fall of Donald Trump and the spin-off series, The House of Javanka.

winterkc ,

F***ing golden, absolute must for any Chicagoan or lover of political scandals

I was in college in Chicago when Blago got impeached. I’d grown up in the Chicago area, family had been in Chicago for 3 generations, but that was my first real exposure to the whole Chicago corruption thing. At the time I didn’t care much about politics, I was too busy with college to do more than vote in the presidential elections and laugh at the Blago rat street art that kept popping up. A lot of things have changed since then so it was great to hear the whole story laid out with plenty of familiar WBEZ voices. I may not have the thickest of Chicago accents, but it brought a grin to my face to hear the uncensored tapes of Blago dropping the f bomb every third word. The only thing missing was maybe a side episode talking about how Jesse Jackson Jr and his wife went down after this happened

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