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Blagojevich Indictment

Rod Blagojevich Trial: Judge Chides Ex-Governor But Won't Gag Him

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

CHICAGO — Rod Blagojevich's trial judge accused the talkative former governor on Wednesday of making a "backhanded play for sympathy" in comment...

Rod Blagojevich Reindicted: Charges Do Not Rely On 'Honest Services' Statute

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Rod Blagojevich was reindicted Thursday, as prosecutors try to keep an upcoming decision from the U.S. Supreme Court on "honest services" fraud from d...

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 Adds 3 New Lawyers To Defense Team

Chicago Public Radio | Rob Wildeboer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Three more attorneys have been added to former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich's defense team....

Isn't it Time to Let Abe Rest in Peace?

Andy Shaw | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Andy Shaw

We are fighting an enemy armed with the power of incumbency, and the riches of unfettered fundraising to hold their ground at all costs.

Blagojevich Allegedly Extorted Rahm Emanuel Over Grant For School

AP | JOHN O'CONNOR | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Rahm Emanuel wanted answers. Funds from a $2 million state grant to a school in his congressional district had not arrived, ...

Blagojevich Pleads Not Guilty To All Federal Corruption Charges

AP | MIKE ROBINSON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — Ousted Gov. Rod Blagojevich pleaded not guilty to racketeering and fraud charges Tuesday, defiantly embarking on a long journey to cle...

Blagojevich Sneaks Out Back Door To Get To Court, Tells Reporters 'I'm Innocent' (WATCH)

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Impeached former Gov. Rod Blagojevich pleaded not guilty to federal corruption charges Tuesday. His brother, Robert, also pleaded not guilty. Blagoje...

Blagojevich To Be Arraigned Tuesday

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich's arraignment on federal corruption charges has been set for April 14. The federal court schedule indicates that the form...

Blagojevich Loses His Lawyer, Again

Chicago Tribune | Jeff Coen and John Chase | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Blagojevich lost a leading criminal-defense lawyer for the second time since his December arrest, as veteran attorney Terence Gillespie said he was bo...

I Ask Again: Did Burris' Lobbying Partner Help Patti Blagojevich Land a Job?

Carol Felsenthal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Carol Felsenthal

There was no mention of this lucky break for the former first family of Illinois in the rush of reporting about the Blagojevich indictment.


The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich again declared his innocence in a statement released by his publicist in response to the sweeping, 19-count indictment on ...

Blagojevich At Disney World As Indictment Hits (VIDEO)

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

UPDATE A Florida TV reporter found Blagojevich and his wife, Patti, inside Disney World Thursday after he was indicted on federal corruption charges....

Blagojevich Tried To Extort Rahm Emanuel: Lawyers

AP | MIKE ROBINSON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

President Barack Obama's chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, was the congressman targeted by an alleged extortion plan described in the indictment against f...

Burris: Blago Indictment 'Has Nothing To Do With Me'

The Hill | Aaron Blake and J. Taylor Rushing | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

With former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D) expected to be indicted Thursday by the U.S. attorney's office in Chicago, the man he controversially ap...

Blagojevich's Career Timeline: From Swearing-In To Federal Corruption Indictment

AP | The Associated Press | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Key ethics points in the career of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, indicted Thursday on 16 counts of wire fraud, racketeering and extortion cons...

Blagojevich Indictment Reaction: Burris, Durbin, Quinn, Rush, GOP Leaders

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The reactions of leading Illinois politicians to the Blagojevich indictment, as assembled by the AP: CHICAGO -- Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn says it's a s...

Blagojevich Indictment Expected Later Today

AP | MIKE ROBINSON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — Ousted Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's plan to auction off President Barack Obama's vacant U.S. Senate seat marked the culmination of ...

For Blagojevich, There's No Place Like Home

James Warren | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
James Warren

As a result of his alleged misdeeds, the government wants Blago's Chicago home, a condo he owns in DC, and the real gold mine -- his campaign funds.

Blagojevich Indicted For Corruption Along With Brother And Top Aides (READ THE CHARGES, BLAGO REACTION VIDEO)

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Ousted Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich and five others were indicted Thursday on charges of scheming to auction off President Barack Obama's vacant U.S....


AP | MIKE ROBINSON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — An indictment is expected as early as Thursday charging ousted Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich with presiding over state government awas...

Blagojevich, Illinois Governor, Arrested (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Update, 2:40pm AP reports that Blagojevich's Deputy Governor, Bob Greenlee, has resigned. Spokeswoman Kelley Quinn says Deputy Gov. Bob Greenlee res...

Blagojevich Looking For New Lawyers As Indictment Looms

AP | Mike Robinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich is still forming his legal defense team with no certainty about who will lead it two months after his arrest on fraud and ...

Blagojevich Fundraiser Christopher Kelly Hit With More Charges

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Prosecutors have turned up the heat on former Gov. Rod Blagojevich's former chief fundraiser, charging he paid $450,000 in kickbacks to get inflated c...

The New Republic: "In Defense Of Blagojevich (Sort Of)"

The New Republic | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

I fully realize that few complaints are more tiresome than "your party's scandal is worse than my party's scandal." But indulge me for a moment. I can...