Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich is at a Chicago courthouse. He's attending a sentencing hearing connected to his conviction for attempting to sell an appointment to President Obama's vacated Senate seat. Obama left the seat in 2009 when he became President.
Blagojevich was also convicted of numerous other offenses, including wire fraud, extortion and bribery. Prosecutors are seeking up to 20 years in prison. Blagojevich's attorneys want their client to get probation.
That vacated Senate seat has also put another Chicago Democrat under the microscope. The House Ethics Committee announced Friday that it will extend its investigation into whether Jesse Jackson Jr., the son of civil rights leader Jesse Jackson, tried to buy his way into President Obama's former Senate seat. The 46-year-old is accused of offering to raise one-point-five-million dollars in campaign cash for former Governor Blagojevich in exchange for the appointment in 2008, when Obama was elected to the presidency. Jackson is also accused of misusing his office staff and resources in the alleged lobbying campaign. Jackson denies he did anything improper. Ultimately, Blagojevich appointed former Illinois Attorney General Roland Burris to fill Obama's seat.