Highlights of the year since Blagojevich's arrest

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Posted: Dec 08, 2009 5:38 PM

Key events in the year since Gov. Rod Blagojevich was arrested on federal corruption charges:

2008

_ Dec. 9: Blagojevich arrested by FBI.

_ Dec. 10: Blagojevich turns 52.

_ Dec. 15: Illinois House creates committee to consider impeachment.

_ Dec. 19: Blagojevich makes first comment on arrest, vowing to fight charges

_ Dec. 30: Blagojevich appoints Roland Burris to U.S. Senate

2009

_ Jan. 9: House votes 114-1 to impeach Blagojevich, a first in Illinois history.

_ Jan. 23: Blagojevich blasts upcoming Senate trial as unfair, says he won't participate. Defense attorney quits criminal case, suggesting Blagojevich wouldn't listen to him.

_ Jan. 26: Illinois Senate opens impeachment trial; Blagojevich goes on a media blitz in New York to proclaim innocence.

_ Jan. 29: Senate votes unanimously to remove Blagojevich from office and bar him from holding office in the future.

_ Feb. 11: Musical spoof "Rod Blagojevich Superstar" opens at Second City.

_ March 25: Blagojevich hosts a radio talk show, which turns into a weekly show of his own on Chicago's WLS.

_ April 2: Blagojevich formally indicted with five co-defendants.

_ June 1: Patti Blagojevich eats a tarantula on "I'm a Celebrity ... Get Me Out of Here!"

_ June 13: Blagojevich participates in "Rod Blagojevich Superstar."

_ Aug. 7: Blagojevich makes a public appearance, including an Elvis impersonation, at a Chicago party.

_ Sept. 8: Blagojevich's book "The Governor" hits shelves.

_ Sept. 12: Blagojevich friend and fundraiser Christopher Kelly commits suicide.

_ Oct. 9: Word leaks that Blagojevich will appear on the next edition of "Celebrity Apprentice" with Donald Trump.

_ Oct. 20: Friend and former chief of staff Alonzo Monk agrees to testify against Blagojevich.

_ Oct. 30: Illinois legislators approve ethics bill that includes cap on campaign donations.

_ Oct. 27: A Republican candidate for governor launches a series of campaign videos using Blagojevich's hair as a symbol of corruption.

_ Nov. 20: Ethics committee scolds Sen. Roland Burris for misleading statements about how he came to be appointed by Blagojevich.