Ill. high court suspends Blagojevich's law license

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Posted: Oct 26, 2011 5:54 PM
Ill. high court suspends Blagojevich's law license

The Illinois Supreme Court has suspended convicted former Gov. Rod Blagojevich's license to practice law.

The court acted Wednesday in response to a request from the state Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission.

Blagojevich is awaiting sentencing on federal corruption convictions, including that he tried to personally profit from his power to appoint a U.S. senator to the seat being vacated by President Barack Obama.

The Chicago Democrat has been a lawyer since 1984, but he hasn't practiced law since joining Congress in 1997. Blagojevich was governor from 2003 to 2009, when he was impeached and removed from office.

The suspension of his law license could lead to him being disbarred. Two other former Illinois governors _ Otto Kerner and Dan Walker _ were disbarred following criminal convictions.