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Blagojevich Investigation

Methods to Remove Our Bleeping Governor

Greg Harris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Greg Harris

We are at a historic moment in Illinois government and all of these actions as they are applied to a sitting governor are without precedent.

Fitzgerald Confirms Delay Of Obama Team Blagojevich Report

Chicago Tribune | Bob Secter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

President-elect Barack Obama said Monday that his transition office was delaying release of a report on contacts with the Blagojevich administration ...

Ed Genson: Blagojevich Lawyer Dubbed The 'Devils' Advocate'

Chicago Magazine | Steve Rhodes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

To people accused of doing bad things--embezzling millions, bribing judges, putting a bullet in someone's head--Ed Genson may be the go-to lawyer in t...

Lisa Madigan Not Interested In Obama Senate Seat 'At This Point'

Chicago Tribune | Rick Pearson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Atty. Gen. Lisa Madigan, who has gone to the Illinois Supreme Court to try to force embattled Gov. Rod Blagojevich's ouster, said today she is not int...

Blagojevich Staff Mass Resignation Rumored

ABC 7 | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Staffers for Gov. Rod Blagojevich are urging their boss to resign and considering mass resignations, ABC 7's Ben Bradley reports: Top aides to the g...

Chicago Tribune's McCormick: Life On Blagojevich's Enemies List 'Isn't So Bad'

Chicago Tribune | John P. McCormick | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

At my first newspaper job in Iowa, an angry labor leader said he wanted to castrate me because of something I'd written. During 18 years as a correspo...

Raghuveer Nayak: Fundraiser Tied To Blagojevich And Jackson Jr. Also Gave Thousands To Obama And McCain

The New York Times | Christopher Drew | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

An Illinois businessman caught up in the federal investigation of Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich offered to raise money for the governor on behalf of Represe...

What The Blagojevich Charges Mean For Daley

Time | Eric Ferkenhoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

It shouldn't come as any surprise that, in the wake of the shocking allegations against Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, observers almost immediatel...

Rahm Emanuel Gave Blagojevich List Of 'Acceptable' Senate Candidates: Report

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

President-elect Barack Obama's chief of staff Rahm Emanuel had direct conversations with Gov. Rod Blagojevich about Obama's replacement in the US Sena...

Rep. Gutierrez Pulls Out Of Obama Senate Seat Race

Crain's Chicago Business | Robert Herguth | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez said he's taken himself out of the running to fill the Senate seat vacated by President-elect Barack Obama. "The Senate sele...

Blagojevich Deeply In Debt: Owes Over $1M In Legal Fees, Mortgage Payments

CBS 2 | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

A criminal complaint isn't the only problem Governor Rod Blagojevich and his wife have to deal with. CBS 2's Dorothy Tucker reports their financial fu...

Investigators Still Looking At Jesse Jackson Jr.: Report

Chicago Sun-Times | Natasha Korecki, Tim Novak, Chris Fusco and Dave McKinney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Even though U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. says he has gotten a clean bill of health from federal prosecutors, sources tell the Chicago Sun-Times he's no...

Jesse Jackson Jr. Denies Involvement In Blagojevich Scheme (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. denied Friday that he and his brother were involved in a pay-to-play deal to have him appointed to the Senate by Illinois Gov....

Blagojevich: 'I'll Have A Lot To Say At The Appropriate Time'

CNN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Embattled Gov. Rod Blagojevich said Friday he will wait to speak to the Illinois people at the "appropriate time." Asked whether he had anything to s...

Jason Linkins

Blagojevich Profanity-Laced Conversations Reenacted On "Rachel Maddow" | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Everybody's been reading over the obscenity-strewn transcribed conversations of Rod Blagojevich and realizing that he's the most profane, David Mamet-...

Obama Blagojevich Connection Attempted And Failed On "Hannity And Colmes"

Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

As far as any ongoing corruption is concerned, what Fitzgerald has put out there more or less indicates that Obama wasn't willing to participate in anything out of bounds.

Sam Stein

Jesse Jackson Jr.: I Am Not A "Target" Of Blagojevich Investigation | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

***Read more about Jesse Jackson Jr.*** Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. hosted a highly dramatic press conference Wednesday in which he leveled harsh criticis...

Jason Linkins

The Blagojevich/Wire Connection, Revealed | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Looking over the breadth and scope of the unfolding Rod Blagojevich investigation, I couldn't help thinking that that Patrick Fitzgerald has hooked hi...

Blagojevich Senate Selection Process Under FBI Investigation: Report

Chicago Tribune | Jeff Coen, David Kidwell and Monique Garcia | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

A three-year federal corruption investigation of pay-to-play politics in Gov. Rod Blagojevich's administration has expanded to include his impending s...

Sam Stein

Rod Blagojevich Arrested: The Damage He Could Do | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The arrest this morning of Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich has sparked intense discussion in the political universe over how great a taint his ethical f...

Blagojevich Arrest: Obama Intervention Hastened Gov's Downfall

The New York Times | MIKE McINTIRE and JEFF ZELENY | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

In a sequence of events that neatly captures the contradictions of Barack Obama's rise through Illinois politics, a phone call he made three months ag...

Tribune: Timeline Of Blagojevich Investigation

Chicago Tribune | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Gov. Rod Blagojevich became the state's first Democratic chief executive in more than a quarter of a century after vowing to reform what he labeled th...

Jason Linkins

Rod Blagojevich Arrest Leads To Split Reactions On Prosecutor Fitzgerald | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

If you're looking to shorthand today's arrest of Rod Blagojevich, which will certainly expand the "Illinois Governor Wing" of the Federal Correctional...

Lt. Gov. Quinn: Blagojevich Must "Level" With People

Chicago Tribune | Ray Long | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn demanded today that Gov. Rod Blagojevich immediately explain himself to the public following the Tribune's disclosure that the gove...

Federal Agents Taped Gov. Blagoejvich: Report

Chicago Tribune | Jeff Coen, John Chase and David Kidwell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Federal investigators recently made covert tape recordings of Gov. Rod Blagojevich in the most dramatic step yet in their corruption investigation of ...