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Blagojevich Corruption

Top 10 Quotes in Illinois Corruption Scandals

Reboot Illinois | Posted 09.24.2013 | Politics
Reboot Illinois

We have all heard of corruption in Illinois, but this list is just a smack in the face to a state that already has very low expectations of State Offi...

Blago Gets Bookish In New Prison Job

Posted 11.12.2012 | Chicago

First he was hitting the weights, but now jailed ex-Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich is hitting the books. Blagojevich will go from washer to "sh...

Corruption Dare No Longer Be a Taboo Topic in This Presidential Election

Frank Vogl | Posted 10.22.2012 | Politics
Frank Vogl

Reducing corruption is a top priority for Americans as they look at the upcoming elections. Yet the candidates are not discussing the issue. Will the reporters posing questions in the presidential debates raise the topic? I doubt it.

Ex-Blagojevich, Jackson Fundraiser Arrrested On Fraud Charges

Posted 06.20.2012 | Chicago

A Chicago-area entrepreneur was arrested Wednesday morning by the FBI on a bevy of mail fraud and tax evasion charges. Raghuveer Nayak, former Illi...

Report: Tollway Funds Used To Balance State Budget Under Blago

Posted 03.23.2012 | Chicago

A report released Thursday revealed that tens of millions of dollars of revenue taken in by the Illinois Tollway were illegally diverted to state coff...

Blagojevich Adopts A Dog As Sentencing Hearing Nears

Posted 12.05.2011 | Chicago

With his sentencing hearing beginning Tuesday, convicted former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich spent his last free weekend quietly with his family ...

Judge Says Blagojevich Sentencing Could Take 2 Days

Posted 12.02.2011 | Chicago

A federal judge who will decide the fate of former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich next week told attorneys Friday that it will likely take two days...

Why the Blagojevich Verdict Matters

Paul Dailing | Posted 08.28.2011 | Chicago
Paul Dailing

Monday was a good day, even if there are still power plays, shady deals and more money shuffling through Springfield and Chicago each day than through a Vegas casino. A man who thought he was too powerful to be caught was caught.

WATCH: Blago Repeats Plea For Prosecutors To Play All The Tapes

The Huffington Post/AP | Posted 06.14.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) -- Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is again lashing out at federal prosecutors ahead of his retrial on corruption charges. He gave ...

WATCH: Blagojevich On 'Daily Show'

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

NEW YORK (Associated Press) - Despite goading from "The Daily Show" host Jon Stewart, former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich declined Monday night to pr...

Research on Power Teaches Why Blagojevich Did What he Did (...and Why he Might Get Away With It)

Adam Galinsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Adam Galinsky

The powerful often egregiously overstep sacred bounds of public and private trust, only to be consistently forgiven, with their trespasses forgotten. I call this dance the "power tango."

Dancin' To The Jailhouse Rock: Rod's Remix

Michelle Schweiger Schecter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Michelle Schweiger Schecter

There was no smoking gun at the 11th hour. Did the prosecutor's strategy simply go sour?

One Blagojevich Too Many

Matt Farmer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Matt Farmer

It's time for the feds to cut Robert Blagojevich loose. Let the man get back to Tennessee and reclaim what remains of his old life.

Blagojevich Exclusive: "If I Get Convicted..."

Lonna Saunders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Lonna Saunders

"If I get convicted of this, every politician in America should!" That's what former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich told me during a courthouse lunch break.

Instructions Handed Out For Jurors In The Rod Blagojevich Trial

Chicago Public Radio | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Till now, jurors have been hearing evidence. But the jury instructions make the law clear and give the jurors a framework into which they can kind of ...

Blagojevich Trial: Get Your Tickets to the Greatest Show on Earth!

Lonna Saunders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Lonna Saunders

I was talking with a friend of mine who happens to be a security guard, and he burst out laughing when I told him that printed tickets were required to attend Rod Blagojevich's trial.

Blagojevich Brothers Will Face Trial Together, Judge Rules

Chicago Public Radio | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The brother of ex-governor Rod Blagojevich had asked to be tried separately. But Judge James Zagel denied that request Wednesday....

Blago Trial Tactics Won't Work

Edwin Eisendrath | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Edwin Eisendrath

Criminal trials are supposed to be about the facts and the law. The corruption trial of former Governor Rod Blagojevich will be about neither.

The Actual State of Abe's State

Andy Shaw | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Andy Shaw

Illinois is one example of government gone amok and it is the citizens of the state who are left paying for the corruption every day through a "corruption tax."

Robert Blagojevich Pleads Not Guilty, Wants His 'Name Back'

Chicago Sun-Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Minutes before he entered a "not guilty" plea in federal court this morning, Robert Blagojevich said he agrees with his brother's position -- made pub...

Jackson To Giannoulias: Drop Out Of The Race

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Following the announcement that federal regulators have stepped in to monitor executives at Alexi Giannoulias' family bank, fellow Senate candidate an...

Jackson Sr. Denies Being 'Emissary' To Blagojevich

ABC | Thomas Giusto and Brian Ross | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Rev. Jesse Jackson says he played no role and was not "an emissary" in alleged efforts to make a deal with Governor Rod Blagojevich for the appointm...

Blagojevich To Attend Christopher Kelly's Funeral

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Rod and Patti Blagojevich plan to attend the funeral of the former governor's close friend and aide on Wednesday. Christopher Kelly, 51, died Saturda...

GOP Governor Candidate On State Democrats: 'Have They Put The Damned Ball On A Tee For Us Or What'

Chicago Sun-Times | DAVE MCKINNEY | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The lineup included eight U.S. Senate candidates, seven gubernatorial candidates and more than a half dozen others who tore into the way Democrats hav...

Leave Fitzgerald Alone

Marcel Pacatte | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Marcel Pacatte

If Illinoisans want to put a stop to the culture of corruption, as they claim in poll after poll that they do, then they have to do something about it. It's not all up to Patrick Fitzgerald.