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Blagojevich Scandal

Blagojevich-Linked Figure Gets 27 Months

AP | MICHAEL TARM | Posted 09.30.2013 | Chicago

CHICAGO — A building contractor who says a seductive but unsavory world of the rich and the powerful in Illinois led him astray was sentenced We...

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...

Judge Refuses Retrial For Former Powerbroker

AP | By MICHAEL TARM | Posted 01.24.2012 | Chicago

CHICAGO -- A federal judge denied a retrial Tuesday for longtime Illinois powerbroker William Cellini, rejecting arguments that he didn't get a fair t...

Tony Rezko Sentenced On Separate Fraud Conviction

AP | NOMAAN MERCHANT | Posted 02.21.2012 | Chicago

CHICAGO — An imprisoned former fundraiser for Rod Blagojevich was sentenced Thursday after pleading guilty to a wire fraud scheme unrelated to t...

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 ...

Any Defiance Could Hurt Blagojevich During Sentencing

AP | By MICHAEL TARM | Posted 12.04.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO -- As Rod Blagojevich steps before a sentencing judge, the impeached Illinois governor might do well to suppress the cocksure, perpetual campa...

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...

Feds: Blagojevich Should Get 15-20 Years In Prison

AP | NOMAAN MERCHANT | Posted 01.30.2012 | Chicago

CHICAGO — Rod Blagojevich deserves a sentence of 15 to 20 years in prison on his multiple corruption convictions for misusing the power of his o...

Blagojevich's Law License Suspended By State High Court

AP | Posted 12.27.2011 | Chicago

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- The Illinois Supreme Court has suspended convicted former Gov. Rod Blagojevich's license to practice law. The court acted Wednes...

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....

Blagojevich Seeks To Toss Wiretaps

AP | MICHAEL TARM | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

CHICAGO — Attorneys for former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich asked a federal judge on Monday to bar prosecutors from playing any FBI wiretap recordi...

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.

Tom Balanoff, Union Leader: Blagojevich Wanted Cabinet Post

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

CHICAGO — Rod Blagojevich brought up the possibility of a Cabinet post for himself after a union leader with close ties to Barack Obama urged th...

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?

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...

Blagojevich Basks In The Spotlight Despite Looming Trial

AP | SHARON COHEN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — The day before Rod Blagojevich's world came crashing down, he stood before the TV cameras confident and defiant, as always, declaring ...

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 Trial: Feds Urge Judge Not To Delay

AP | MIKE ROBINSON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — Prosecutors urged a federal judge Monday to turn down ousted Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's request to delay his corruption trial, sa...

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 | 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...

Blagojevich Attorney: Obama As Witness Would Be 'Awesome'

AP | MIKE ROBINSON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — One of Rod Blagojevich's attorneys said Wednesday it was possible the defense could call President Obama to take the witness stand if ...

Christopher Kelly Dead: Sources Say Ex-Blagojevich Fundraiser Confirmed Dead

AP | MIKE ROBINSON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — A former chief fundraiser for ousted Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich died Saturday, just days before he was to begin serving at least ei...

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.