5 Illinois Governors Charged With Corruption This Century

Land of Lincoln? Not so much.

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  1. Rod Blagojevich (Democrat, 2003-present)—charged with, among other things, conspiring to sell Barack Obama's vacant Senate seat
  2. George Ryan (Republican, 1999-2003)—currently serving a 6½-year sentence in federal prison for fraud
  3. Daniel Walker (Democrat, 1973-1977)—convicted of bank fraud after leaving office
  4. Otto Kerner (Democrat, 1961-1968)—convicted on 17 counts of bribery
  5. Lennington Small (Republican, 1921-1929)—indicted for embezzlement

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Sources: Wall Street Journal, National Governors Association