The government’s prosecution of Blagojevich is part of a larger public corruption probe known as Operation Board Games, which has investigated pay-to-play schemes since 2003 and has led to 15 convictions, according to the Department of Justice.
Blagojevich is the second consecutive Illinois governor that will spend time in prison for his role in a corruption scheme. Former Illinois Gov. George Ryan (R) is currently serving 6 and a half years at a federal prison in Indiana.
Following the speeches from elected officials, the crowd stands at long tables as they dig into BBQ, brunswick stew, cadillac rice at the Law Enforcement Cookout at Wayne Dasher's pond house in Glennville, Ga., on Thursday, April 17, 2014.