Rod Blagojevich is disbarred

The Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission said last March the former governor should lose his law license.

Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich speaks outside his house Feb. 19 after President Donald Trump commuted his sentence for corruption. 

Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich speaks outside his house Feb. 19 after President Donald Trump commuted his sentence for corruption.

Ashlee Rezin Garcia/Sun-Times file photo

The Illinois Supreme Court finally disbarred former Gov. Rod Blagojevich on Monday.

But the only surprise is that it took so long.

The disgraced politician left prison in February after his commutation by President Donald Trump. Though his law license had been under an interim suspension since 2011, the disciplinary process had largely been put on hold while he spent years appealing his criminal conviction in the courts.

The Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission recommended disbarment in March, noting Blagojevich’s “egregious misconduct” and saying the former governor was aware of his “obligation to uphold the law” when he committed a series of felonies in office.

Those include his attempt to sell then-President-elect Barack Obama’s U.S. Senate seat and to shake down a children’s hospital CEO and a racetrack owner.

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