CHICAGO — Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich and five associates were indicted yesterday on federal corruption charges alleging their drive for financial gain influenced state legislation, jobs, and contracts — including the selection of Bear, Stearns & Co. to be the lead underwriter on the state’s $10 billion pension bond sale in 2003.

Federal authorities accuse Blagojevich, 52, of presiding over a government in which he sought financial benefits such as money, campaign contributions, and employment for himself and others in exchange for official actions, Patrick J. Fitzgerald, U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, said in announcing the sweeping federal grand jury indictment.

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