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Mell-Blagojevich family of Chicago, Illinois

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  Richard F. Mell (b. 1938) — also known as Dick Mell — of Chicago, Cook County, Ill. Born May 5, 1938. Democrat. Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1972; Chicago alderman, first elected 1975. Member, Lions; Eagles. Still living as of 2011.
  Relatives: Father of Patricia 'Patti' Mell (who married Rod R. Blagojevich (born1956)).
  Political family: Mell-Blagojevich family of Chicago, Illinois.
  See also OurCampaigns candidate detail
  Rod R. Blagojevich (b. 1956) — also known as Rod Blagojevich; "Blago" — of Chicago, Cook County, Ill. Born in Chicago, Cook County, Ill., December 10, 1956. Democrat. Lawyer; member of Illinois state house of representatives, 1993-96; U.S. Representative from Illinois 5th District, 1997-2003; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 2000, 2004, 2008; Governor of Illinois, 2003-09; solicited bribes from potential candidates for appointment to Barack Obama's vacant U.S. Senate seat; arrested by federal agents in December 2008, and set for trial on federal corruption charges; in January 2009, based on charges that he abused his authority and attempted to sell authorizations, vetoes, and appointments, he was impeached by the Illinois House, convicted by a unanimous vote of the Illinois Senate, and prohibited from holding public office in the state; tried in federal court in 2010-11, and after a mistrial, was ultimately found guilty on eighteen counts, including bribery and extortion; sentenced to 14 years in federal prison; an appeal later overturned five of the eighteen convictions, but did not change his prison sentence. Serbian ancestry. Still living as of 2019.
  Relatives: Married to Patricia 'Patti' Mell (daughter of Richard F. Mell; sister of Deborah Mell (born1968)).
  Political family: Mell-Blagojevich family of Chicago, Illinois.
  Cross-reference: Daniel Lipinski
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — National Governors Association biography — NNDB dossier — OurCampaigns candidate detail
  Books by Rod Blagojevich: The Governor (2009)
  Books about Rod Blagojevich: Elizabeth Brackett, Pay to Play: How Rod Blagojevich Turned Political Corruption Into a National Sideshow — Jeff Coen & John Chase, Golden: How Rod Blagojevich Talked Himself out of the Governor's Office and into Prison
  Deborah Mell (b. 1968) — of Chicago, Cook County, Ill. Born July 30, 1968. Democrat. Member of Illinois state house of representatives 40th District, 2009-11. Female. Still living as of 2011.
  Relatives: Sister of Patricia 'Patti' Mell (who married Rod R. Blagojevich (born1956)).
  Political family: Mell-Blagojevich family of Chicago, Illinois.
  See also OurCampaigns candidate detail
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