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updated: 3/1/2012 6:49 PM

Judge takes fine out of Blagojevich's pension

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  • Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich speaks to reporters in December after being sentenced for 14 years in prison on 18 corruption counts, including trying to auction off President Barack Obama's old Senate seat.

      Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich speaks to reporters in December after being sentenced for 14 years in prison on 18 corruption counts, including trying to auction off President Barack Obama's old Senate seat.
    Associated Press

 
Associated Press

Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich will have $107,367 left in his pension when he heads off to prison later this month.

U.S. District Judge James Zagel has ordered Illinois to turn over $21,800 from Blagojevich's $129,167.86 in state retirement plan contributions to satisfy a $20,000 fine and $1,800 in court costs levied when the Democrat was sentenced on a corruption conviction.

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After Blagojevich in December received a 14-year sentence, Attorney General Lisa Madigan issued an opinion that the ex-governor couldn't collect a state pension. Blagojevich is eligible for the pension he earned during six years in Congress.

Blagojevich was sentenced on 18 corruption-related counts, including charges that he tried to sell or trade the U.S. Senate seat vacated by President Barack Obama.

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