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Blagojevich Probe

Blago Confidante Christopher Kelly's Dying Words Before Overdose: 'Tell Them They Won'

Chicago Tribune | John Chase | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

As Christopher Kelly was being treated for a fatal overdose, the political fundraiser who was being pressured to testify against ex- Gov. Rod Blagojev...

Feds Interview Jesse Jackson Jr. In Blagojevich Probe

Chicago Sun-Times | NATASHA KORECKI AND FRAN SPIELMAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Federal authorities have asked U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson (D.-Ill) why former Gov. Rod Blagojevich believed he would get campaign cash in exchange for ap...

Blagojevich Probe Looking At O'Hare, City Contracts

Chicago Sun-Times | CAROL MARIN, TIM NOVAK AND CHRIS FUSCO | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Federal authorities are investigating five construction companies that collectively have gotten hundreds of millions of dollars in construction work a...

Blagojevich Pay-To-Play Probe Eyeing Construction Firms

Chicago Sun-Times | Tim Novak And Chris Fusco | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

As part of their "pay-to-play" probe of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, federal investigators are examining state bid proposals and other records from 18...

Blagojevich, Prosecution Likely To Want Same Witnesses At Criminal Trial

Chicago Tribune | David Heinzmann and Jeff Coen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich last week repeatedly attacked the fairness of his impeachment trial, complaining he couldn't call witnesses to buttress hi...

Feds Interest In Blagojevich Dates To 2003

Chicago Tribune | John Chase and Ray Long | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Federal investigators probing hiring irregularities in Gov. Rod Blagojevich's administration were seeking detailed personnel records dating back to ev...

Jesse Jackson Jr, Blagojevich And The Feds: A Timeline

Chicago Sun-Times | Chris Fusco and Tim Novak | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

So just what did Jackson know about Blagojevich, and when did he know it? And what did the feds know about Jackson? Here's a timeline of those events...

Raghuveer Nayak: Blagojevich, Jackson Emissary Identified, Seeks Immunity

Chicago Tribune | David Kidwell and John Chase | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

A key figure in Gov. Rod Blagojevich's alleged scheme to sell a U.S. Senate seat has sought immunity from federal authorities in return for his cooper...

Emanuel Had Direct Talks With Blagojevich But No Wrongdoing: Report

Chicago Sun-Times | Natasha Korecki | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

President-elect Barack Obama's incoming chief of staff Rahm Emanuel had a deeper involvement in pressing for a U.S. Senate seat appointment than previ...

Emanuel Stays Out Of Replacement Race After Blagojevich Scandal

Chicago Sun-Times | Fran Spielman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Rahm Emanuel's role in attempting to influence Gov. Blagojevich's choice of a U.S. Senate replacement for President-elect Barack Obama could impact th...

Case Against Blagojevich 'Weak,' Media On 'Witch Hunt': Lawyer (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Gov. Rod Blagojevich's lead attorney described the case against his client as a "fairytale" and said the press is on a "witch hunt" in an interview wi...

Obama: 'Frustrating' To Not Address Blagojevich Rumors (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

President-elect Barack Obama said Wednesday he was anxious to correct the record on his transition team's involvement with Gov. Rod Blagojevich and de...

Emanuel Pushed Jarrett For Senate: Report

Chicago Sun-Times | Natasha Korecki and Fran Spielman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

President-elect Barack Obama's incoming chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, was pushing for Obama's successor just days after the Nov. 4 election, sources t...

Multinational Cement Company Involved In Blagojevich Investigation

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

The parent company of a major cement supplier in the Chicago area is cooperating with federal authorities investigating alleged corruption under Gov. ...

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...

Court Can't Remove Blagojevich: Former Justice

Daily Herald | Jake Griffin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Former Illinois Supreme Court Justice Louis Rathje believes Attorney General Lisa Madigan's request for the state's highest court to remove Gov. Rod B...

Blagojevich Open To Special Election For Obama's Seat: Sun-Times

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

Should he stay in office, Gov. Blagojevich is warming to the idea of holding a special election for President-elect Barack Obama's vacant U.S. Senate ...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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....