Blago Gets His (1st) Day in Court

Former governor's arraignment set for Tuesday

Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich will surely be back in Chicago next week for his arraignment.

The impeached governor has been vacationing with his family in Florida, but is scheduled to be in court to face the charges in his corruption indictment early next week.

Blagojevich is set to appear before U.S. District Judge James Zagel at 11 a.m. Tuesday, along with fellow defendants Robert Blagojevich, Christopher Kelly and William Cellini.

He is charged with plotting to sell the U.S. Senate seat left vacant by President Obama's election and a host of other offenses.

Former Blagojevich aides John Harris and Lon Monk are to be arraigned April 16. Both Harris and Monk are cooperating with the government, sources familiar with the case have said.

The group was indicted last week in a sweeping corruption case that accused the former governor of running state government as a criminal enterprise.

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