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.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., carries a musket on stage as he speaks during the American Conservative Union's Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at National Harbor, Md., on Thursday March 6, 2014.