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Obama, 2 aides met with Blagojevich investigators

US president-elect Barack Obama and two of his top aides met last week with federal investigators building a corruption case against Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, accused of trying to swap Obama's Senate seat for cash or a lucrative job. Full story

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Governor of Illinois

Blagojevich, a democrat, was born and raised in Chicago's northwest side, the second of two children. His father was an immigrant steel plant laborer from Serbia.

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