In the middle of his ongoing corruption trial, ousted Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich is in trouble again, this time for several delinquent units at a suburban Chicago moving and storage facility.
The Chicago Tribune initially reported yesterday that Blagojevich owes thousands in unpaid rent for several units at Boyer-Rosene Moving & Storage in Arlington Heights, Ill., one of which contains a life-size Elvis Presley statue.
Blagojevich reportedly owes more than a year's worth of rent for seven different wooden units, which he began renting in 2002, and he's accruing penalties. The owner has notified Blagojevich via certified mail that the contents of the units will go to auction Aug. 14.
Proceeds from the auction will go to Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago.
The laws governing moving and storage auctions and collections are different than those for self-storage. The facility owner is permitted to take inventory of the units in advance of the auction, which is how the Elvis statue was discovered. The units, all of which are five feet by seven feet, also contain boxes and records.
Blagojevich was unanimously removed from office in early 2009 after he allegedly made arrangements to sell his appointment to the U.S. senate seat vacated by President Obama in 2008. The ex-gov is currently facing federal corruption charges, and the proceedings are ongoing.
Source: Chicago Tribune, It's now or never for ex-gov's stuff
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