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Blagojevich Corruption

Judges Hear Arguments In Blagojevich's Appeal

AP | MICHAEL TARM | Posted 12.13.2013 | Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) — Federal judges considering an appeal by imprisoned former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich have pressed lawyers to differentiate between...

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's Lawyers Scrambling To Meet Deadline To Appeal Conviction

AP | MICHAEL TARM | Posted 09.14.2013 | Chicago

CHICAGO — Rod Blagojevich's lawyers were working Monday to meet a deadline to file what could be a book-length, 100-page appeal calling for the ...

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.

Judge: 'You Are Certainly One Of The Most Corrupt Individuals'

AP | By MICHAEL TARM | Posted 09.19.2012 | Chicago

CHICAGO -- A judge on Thursday sentenced one of the most unsavory figures to emerge from the investigation of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich to ...

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...

Another Governor Disgraced, A Trust Violated

AP | ADAM GELLER | Posted 02.10.2012 | Chicago

All people may be equal before the law, but when a judge sentenced Rod Blagojevich to prison this week, he made clear the punishment did more than fit...

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...

Feds: Blagojevich Should Get 15-20 Years In Prison

AP | NOMAAN MERCHANT | Posted 01.30.2012 | Chicago

CHICAGO — Rod Blagojevich deserves a sentence of 15 to 20 years in prison on his multiple corruption convictions for misusing the power of his o...

Last Blagojevich-Related Trial Begins Monday

AP | MICHAEL TARM | Posted 12.03.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — A woman who follows celebrity gossip blogger Perez Hilton on Twitter, a U.S. postal worker and a substitute teacher who choked back te...

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 ...

Blagojevich Asks Judge To Cancel Retrial

AP | MICHAEL TARM | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — Ousted Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich asked a judge Wednesday to cancel his upcoming retrial on political corruption charges and prompt...

Blagojevich Seeks To Toss Wiretaps

AP | MICHAEL TARM | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

CHICAGO — Attorneys for former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich asked a federal judge on Monday to bar prosecutors from playing any FBI wiretap recordi...

Blagojevich Aide: Ex Gov Would Hide In Bathroom To Avoid Staff

AP | MIKE ROBINSON and MICHAEL TARM | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — Rod Blagojevich hid in the bathroom, ducked into a back room and left the office early to avoid discussing complex issues with his bud...

Tom Balanoff, Union Leader: Blagojevich Wanted Cabinet Post

AP | MIKE ROBINSON and MICHAEL TARM | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — Rod Blagojevich brought up the possibility of a Cabinet post for himself after a union leader with close ties to Barack Obama urged th...

Alexi Giannoulias Subpoenaed For Blagojevich Trial

AP | DEANNA BELLANDI | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — U.S. Senate candidate Alexi Giannoulias said Sunday that he won't be hurt politically by his subpoena to testify at the corruption tri...

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 Corruption Has Not Changed Rules For Senate Appointments In Other States

AP | KATHLEEN MILLER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Lawmakers in at least 15 states backed stripping governors of their power to fill U.S. Senate vacancies after former Illinois G...