Ex-Illinois Gov. Blagojevich GUILTY on 17 of 20 Counts

     How long will Rod Blagojevich have to spend behind bars? That's the big question now that the ousted ex-Illinois Governor has been convicted.

    FOX News Radio's Jennifer Keiper reports from Chicago...

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    Blagojevich has been found GUILTY on 17 of the 20 counts, including wire fraud charges related to President Obama's Senate seat.  The jury also returned a verdict of NOT GUILTY on one count: Soliciting a Bribe (soliciting campaign contributions in exchange for tollway money).  The jury has NO DECISION on two counts: both attempted extortion, one relating to tollway money, the other involving campaign contributions from President Obama's former Chief of Staff/Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel in exchange for a grant for a school.

    On his way into the courthouse, a seemingly-relaxed Blagojevich quoted Elvis...

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    It was a much different scene on his way out, as Blagojevich spoke very briefly with reporters...

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    Illinois Republican Party Chairman Pat Brady released this statement on the verdict:

    "I'm glad that the verdict is finally in on Rod Blagojevich. However this closes only one chapter of Democrat corruption in Illinois. Illinois Democratic politicians who now try everything they can to hide their past support of Rod Blagojevich should look themselves in the mirror and remind themselves that little has changed since the day Blagojevich was arrested.

    "Our current governor (Pat Quinn) has appointed lame duck legislators to high paid positions after they changed their views and voted for late night tax hikes. The Speaker of the Illinois House (and state Democratic Party Chairman Mike Madigan) is partner in a law firm that has reaped millions in appealing tax assessments in a relationship that even Forrest Claypool (now a member of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's Administration) said 'has caused our taxes to go up and the level of faith in government to go down.'"