The race for the Republican nomination in Illinois' 16th Congressional District is one of the most closely-watched in the nation. That's according to Matt Streb, who chairs NIU's political science department. The race is unusual because it pits two incumbent Congressmen against each other. Streb analyzes this race in an interview with WNIJ's Dan Klefstad.
Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich has been sentenced to 14 years in prison and a fine of $20,000.
Blagojevich spent about twenty minutes on the stand this morning during his sentencing, making his case for leniency from Judge James Zagel. He apologized to his family and the people of Illinois, although he said he had no intention of breaking the law.
Prosecutors sought a sentence of 15 to 20 years for Blagojevich.