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Blagojevich Corruption

Blagojevich: Obama Should Fire Rahm Emanuel (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post | Stuart Whatley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In his hour-long closing statement before the Illinois State Senate today, Governor Rod Blagojevich continued to traipse across the plane of outlandis...

Booting Blagojevich Won't Cure Illinois Politics: Greg Hinz

Crain's Chicago Business | Greg Hinz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

[W]hatever his crimes and misdemeanors, high and low, Rod Blagojevich is only an example of what's gone terribly wrong with Illinois politics. The sta...

A Detailed Analysis of Blagojevich's Self Image

Lee Camp | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Lee Camp


Topinka: Voters Deserve Blagojevich

Chicago Public Radio | Rob Wildeboer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

As the impeachment trial of governor Rod Blagojevich gets underway today in the Illinois Senate we get insights from a politician who's got a special ...

Advice To Blago: Invoke Caesar

Stuart Whatley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stuart Whatley

If only he had invoked Caesar from the start, instead of civil rights heroes whose legacies are so sacred to so many, perhaps he could go down more gracefully (or at least less offensively).

Jason Linkins

Rod Blagojevich Makes Case On Good Morning America (VIDEO) | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

The Illinois State Senate wants to put their governor, the thick-haired Rod Blagojevich, on trial today in the hopes of removing him from office. But...

Blago Video Roundup: Compares Self to Gandhi & Mandela, Deploys Cowboy Metaphors, Tennyson Quotes & More

George Spyros | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
George Spyros


The Traffic of Pay-to-Play Politics

Monica Youn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Monica Youn

The Bush Administration's DOT succeeded in knocking a sizeable hole in Illinois' ban on pay-to-play deals that the state Senate had attempted to pass in the wake of the Blagojevich scandal.

Jason Linkins

Blagojevich On The View: Insanity Continues | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Today, rather than participate in his own impeachment, embattled Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich is mounting his full spectrum charm offensive on television.

Blagojevich Offered Radio Show If He Resigns (LISTEN)

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

A Chicago radio station is offering embattled Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich a new job. During a show early Thursday, the program director at WLS-AM ...

House Moves To Bar Blago From Touching Stimulus Funds

Reuters | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives' Appropriations Committee voted on Wednesday to bar Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, charged in...

GOP To Use Blagojevich Against Democrats: 'It's A Payback'

AP | DEANNA BELLANDI | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — Both times Rod Blagojevich was elected governor, it was as if he'd run against the same opponent: the legacy of a corrupt former gover...

Do the Right Thing

Susan Greenhalgh | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Susan Greenhalgh

The Senate is doing the right thing by seating Burris, now Burris should do the right thing and pledge to resign if Blagojevich is convicted.

State Residents Think Blagojevich's Alleged Crimes Are Common: Poll

Daily Herald | Joseph Ryan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Most Illinois residents believe the corruption allegations against impeached Gov. Rod Blagojevich - that he schemed to sell off state business for per...

Fitzgerald Should Stay On Blagojevich Case: Prosecutors

AP | MIKE ROBINSON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — Federal prosecutors fired back Thursday at defense claims that U.S. Attorney Patrick J. Fitzgerald's comments at a news conference wer...

Blagojevich Used State Plane To Meet With Campaign Donors

AP | JOHN O'CONNOR | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Gov. Rod Blagojevich took a taxpayer-funded flight to southern Illinois where he attended an unscheduled meeting and raised ...

Mr. Burris Goes to Washington (Finally)

Zondra Hughes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Zondra Hughes

The only thing missing from this scandal is sex. (Oh, wait. U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald is an alum of People magazine's "Sexiest Man Alive" hall of fame, so there ya' go.)

Blagojevich Got $80,000 From Road Builders With State Contracts

AP | JOHN O'CONNOR | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich raised at least $80,000 from firms with state road contracts last summer and fall _ including ...

David Ellis Named Blagojevich Impeachment Prosecutor

AP | JOHN O'CONNOR | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The state Senate that will decide whether to throw impeached Gov. Rod Blagojevich out of office will be sworn in Wednesday b...

Rep. Mark Kirk Moves To Redirect Stimulus Money Around Blagojevich

Chicago Tribune | Susan Kuczka | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

U.S. Rep. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) announced today he plans to introduce legislation that would block potentially billions of dollars in federal stimulus f...

Former Aide: Blagojevich Needs Psychiatric Evaluation

Chicago Sun-Times | Dave McKinney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

When former Chicago television broadcaster Bob Arya joined Gov. Blagojevich's staff as a senior advisor in November 2006, the governor described him a...

House Panel: Impeach Blagojevich

AP | CHRISTOPHER WILLS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — A key panel unanimously recommended impeachment for Gov. Rod Blagojevich on Thursday, setting up a vote that could make him ...

It's Time for the Senate to Hold Its Nose and Seat Burris

Mitchell Bard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mitchell Bard

What is the worst case scenario? Burris runs for re-election in 2010 and loses? If a Democrat loses a U.S. Senate race in Illinois, Roland Burris will be the least of the Democrats' problems.

Democrat: Blagojevich "Called Our Bluff" On Senate Pick

CNN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Senate Democrats have no choice but to change their tone about Roland Burris becoming a U.S. senator because Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich "called our...

Blagojevich's Calendar Confirms Meetings Referenced In Criminal Complaint

AP | JOHN O'CONNOR | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Gov. Rod Blagojevich's official calendar shows he met with a top union official in his Chicago office the day before Barack ...