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Blagojevich Scandal

Report: Blagojevich 'Bored,' Wants To Teach In Colorado Prison

Posted 06.27.2012 | Chicago

Former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich is "totally bored" by prison life, according to a report from his former attorney. The Chicago Sun-Times' ...

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...

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...

Blagojevich's Home Hits The Market At $1.07 Million

Posted 12.04.2011 | Chicago

The Ravenswood Manor home of convicted former Gov. Rod Blagojevich is now officially on the market and up for grabs -- with a $1.07 million price tag....

10 Shocking, Scandalous and Significant Chi-Town Moments

Zondra Hughes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Zondra Hughes

As we count down the final days of 2010, it's evident that Chicagoans are connected to several of the biggest stories to hit the airwaves this year.

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?

Bret Michaels Talks Blago: 'He's Obviously Going Through An Extremely Tough Situation' (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Poison lead singer and reality show aficionado Bret Michaels is in town tonight for a show, and NBC Chicago did not miss an opportunity to grill the r...

Rod Blagojevich, Bill O'Reilly Spar On 'Factor' (VIDEO, TRANSCRIPT)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Bill O'Reilly hosted Rod Blagojevich on his popular cable news show Thursday night, but despite his best efforts, O'Reilly ended up in a heavy-spin zo...

Blagojevich Brother Wants 'Intimate' Phone Conversations Blocked

nbcchicago.com | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Rod Blagojevich's brother is asking a judge to keep private hundreds of "intimate" phone calls he argues the FBI wrongly intercepted as part of its in...

Rod Blagojevich Unleashes the Page-Turning Truth on America!

Julie Farby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Julie Farby

Damn you, Fitzgerald! What were you thinking stopping Gandhi Blagojevich from fulfilling his life's work helping to save the world?

Leave Fitzgerald Alone

Marcel Pacatte | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Marcel Pacatte

If Illinoisans want to put a stop to the culture of corruption, as they claim in poll after poll that they do, then they have to do something about it. It's not all up to Patrick Fitzgerald.

Blago Bracketted

Shawn Healy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Shawn Healy

Obama's straight and narrow contrasts with Blagojevich's down and dirty, and it is no wonder that one man sits in the White House while the other awaits a federal home of a different variety.

Transcript Vindicates Burris

Jeff Norman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeff Norman

The media continues to exaggerate evidence of malfeasance on the part of Roland Burris.

Lobbying Belongs on the Reform Agenda

Cindi Canary | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Cindi Canary

If Illinois ever hopes to sanitize itself from the stench of political corruption, it must expose lobbying to the light of day and demand higher ethical conduct from state lobbyists.

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.

Louisiana Beats Illinois For Most Corrupt State Honors

Chicago Tribune | Howard Witt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

[F]or genuine, savory, infused-in-the-gumbo style public venality, Louisiana still has Illinois, and most of America, beat. Ranked according to corrup...

Blagojevich Considering Own Reality Show: Report

Chicago Sun-Times | Michael Sneed | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Is embattled former governor Rod Blagojevich eyeing his own reality TV show? To wit: "I'm told a reality show is being discussed by his inner circle,...

Blagojevich, Burris and a Few Broken Hands

Alden Loury | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Alden Loury

We have a long track record of political disasters in this state, and the folks on the inside need to be taught that the people of Illinois have had enough. We don't need more promises of reform.

Blagojevich Aide, Cubs Consultant Discussed 'Opportunities'

Associated Press | JOHN O'CONNOR | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

A sports consultant helping Tribune Co. with a potential Wrigley Field sale wrote an e-mail to Gov. Rod Blagojevich's top aide that said the results o...

Former Top Blagojevich Fundraiser Banned From City Business

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

Christopher Kelly -- a major O'Hare International Airport contractor and former fundraiser for ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich -- has been banned from ever do...

Pulp (Non-) Fiction: The Blagojevich Book Deal

Karen Stabiner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Karen Stabiner

He's getting six figures to tell us what really happened when he didn't, he swears, do any of the things that the rest of the world seems to believe he did. A fairly cushy bully pulpit, with no one interrupting to ask embarrassing questions.

Karl Rove Instructs Illinois GOP: You Have A Pretty Easy Message

Daily Herald | Joseph Ryan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Karl Rove, the political brain trust of former President George W. Bush, told Northwest suburban Republicans they can win back the state if they don't...

Lucio Guerrero: Ex-Blagojevich Spokesman May Go Out Of State For Next Job

Chicago Sun-Times | Mark Brown | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Lucio Guerrero knew he was taking on a difficult assignment last June when he signed on to be press secretary for Rod Blagojevich with federal investi...

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...