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Blagojevich Scandal

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.

Blagojevich Judge: Actor, Novelist, "No-Nonsense" Arbitrator

AP | MIKE ROBINSON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — Judge James B. Zagel has meted out justice on the silver screen and masterminded a bank robbery in the pages of a novel. But the vete...

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.

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...

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 Hosts Radio Show: Says He Was 'Hijacked' From Office, Slams Critics, Interviews Stars (VIDEO)

AP | DEANNA BELLANDI | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — Live from Chicago: It's impeached, ousted former Gov. Rod Blagojevich! The former Illinois governor filled in as a local radio talk s...

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 Targeted Tribune Chief Zell For $25,000 Donation

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — Internal documents from ousted Gov. Rod Blagojevich's campaign reveal that there was a plan to ask billionaire Tribune Co. Chairman Sa...

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...

Blagojevich Loses Bid To Get Fitzgerald, Prosecutors Off His Case

AP | MIKE ROBINSON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — A federal judge has turned down a request from impeached former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich to have Chicago's top federal prosecutor...

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...

Union Leader Tom Balanoff: I'm A 'Strong Witness' Against Blagojevich

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

A prominent Illinois labor leader says he'll be helpful to federal prosecutors in a corruption case against former Gov. Rod Blagojevich. Tom Balanoff...

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 Doing Sean Hannity's Fox News Show Wednesday

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Rod Blagojevich will be live from New York, again. This time, the former Illinois governor will sit down Wednesday night with conservative Fox News t...

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...

Democratic Leaders Seek To Move Beyond Blago: 'There Is No Need To Be Ashamed'

Chicago Tribune | Rick Pearson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

A gathering of Democrats in DuPage County, once seemingly a counter-intuitive phrase, drew more than 500 people as well as Illinois' statewide officer...

Blagojevich's Best College Buddy Wonders Where It Went Wrong

Mens Journal | Bill Powell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

I used to go yo-hoing with the most disgraced politician in America. After a night carousing in Chicago, when we were both undergrads at Northwestern ...

Letterman Puts Blagojevich On The Hot Seat (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post | Editors | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The Rod Blagojevich media tour rolled on Tuesday night with a surprisingly bracing stop at the "Late Show with David Letterman." "Why exactly are you...

Blagojevich Plans New Media Blitz: Letterman, Larry King, Greta, Today Show

AP | SOPHIA TAREEN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich wants to reiterate his innocence and recast his image in another slew of television appearances, ...