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Blagojevich Senate Appointment

Jackson Made $6M Offer To Blago For Senate Seat, Says Fund-Raiser

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

UPDATED STORY A political operative is telling federal investigators that Jesse Jackson, Jr. offered $6 million to Rod Blagojevich in return for an a...

Blagojevich Corruption Has Not Changed Rules For Senate Appointments In Other States

AP | KATHLEEN MILLER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Lawmakers in at least 15 states backed stripping governors of their power to fill U.S. Senate vacancies after former Illinois G...

Blagojevich Trial: On Tape, Blago Says He Wants 'A Good Gig' For Seat

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

CHICAGO — Days after the November 2008 election, Rod Blagojevich sent word to Barack Obama that he would name one of the president-elect's close...

Burris Senate Appointment Still Being Challenged In Court

Progress Illinois | Angela Caputo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The controversy over Sen. Roland Burris' appointment to Illinois' junior senate seat may seem like a lifetime ago. But a group of well-known local att...

Blair Hull, Former Obama Senate Rival, Sought Seat Again From Blago

Chicago Sun-Times | NATASHA KORECKI | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Multimillionaire Chicago trader Blair Hull wanted to be a U.S. senator so badly that he spent more than $24 million of his personal fortune in 2004, b...

Blago: Brother's Taped Call With Burris Shows 'Nothing Inappropriate'

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) -- Ousted Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich says a recently released phone conversation taped secretly by federal authorities shows his broth...

Blago Spoke To Durbin About Appointing Lisa Madigan To Senate: AP

AP | MIKE ROBINSON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — Just two weeks before his arrest on corruption charges, then-Gov. Rod Blagojevich floated a plan to nominate to the U.S. Senate the da...

Blagojevich Offered $5 Million In Campaign Cash To Appoint Jesse Jackson Jr. To Obama's Senate Seat: Sun-Times

Chicago Sun-Times | NATASHA KORECKI | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich's camp was told last year that U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.) would raise up to $5 million in campaign cash for the ...

Blagojevich Would Have Appointed Senator No Matter What: House Speaker

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — The speaker of the Illinois House said Sunday he doesn't think a bill taking away the governor's power to appoint President-elect Bara...

House Candidate Geoghegan: Senate Appointments Violate Constitution

New York Times | Thomas Geoghegan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

IN 2009 four new senators will slip into office -- all in violation of the Constitution, which requires a special election to fill a Senate vacancy. C...

The Unnoticed U.S. Senate Appointment

Aaron Harber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Aaron Harber

There is no question Michael Bennet is a highly-qualified individual who will bring many talents to the U.S. Senate. And there is no reason he could not be a great Senator.

Burris Says He Had Only One Conversation With Blagojevich

Associated Press | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

SPRINGFIELD-- In a formal affidavit, Roland Burris says he had only one limited conversation with Governor Rod Blagojevich before accepting his appoin...

Senate Violates the Constitution in Turning Away Roland Burris

Miles Mogulescu | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Miles Mogulescu

From a legal and Constitutional perspective, the question of whether or not Burris should be allowed to take his seat as the Junior Senator from Illinois is not especially difficult. He should.

Roland Burris Stakes Claim To Senate Seat: 'I Am The Senator' (VIDEO)

AP/Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO - The man who embattled Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich named to fill a vacant Senate seat says he hopes legal details regarding his controversi...

Blagojevich May Accompany Burris To Washington

CBS 2 | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Gov. Rod Blagojevich and his U.S. Senate appointee, former Illinois Attorney General Roland Burris, might be heading to Washington, D.C., for next wee...

Burris Plans To Be In Washington Next Week For Senate Swearing-In

Chicago Sun-Times | Kara Spak | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

He doesn't have his plane ticket yet, but Roland Burris is planning on traveling to Washington, D.C., for next week's swearing-in ceremony for incomin...

Black Lawmakers: Burris Pick Won't Help Blagojevich

AP | DEANNA BELLANDI | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — Roland Burris is battling for a U.S. Senate seat in court and through the media, briefly shifting the spotlight away from the man who ...

Angry Democrats On Blagojevich Appointment: It's Not About Race

AP | LAURIE KELLMAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

WASHINGTON — Rep. Bobby Rush says he doesn't think any U.S. senator would be caught turning a black man away from serving alongside them. He th...

Burris Stands By Earlier Criticism Of Blagojevich

AP | CHRISTOPHER WILLS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Gov. Rod Blagojevich's pick for the U.S. Senate said Wednesday that he stands behind his earlier criticism of the Illinois g...

Rep. Danny Davis Turned Down Blagojevich Senate Appointment

Chicago Sun-Times | Lynn Sweet | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Danny K. Davis (D-Ill.) would like to replace President-elect Barack Obama in the Senate. The appointment was dangled before him la...

Burris Takes Senate Seat Fight To Illinois Supreme Court

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

Democrat Roland Burris went to the Illinois Supreme Court today to fight to be seated in the U.S. Senate. Burris, appointed by disgraced Gov. Rod Bla...

Blagojevich's Race Card Appointment Was Inevitable

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

The idea that there are seats and appointments specially reserved for blacks and minorities in Illinois or anywhere else is hardly an aberration. Politicians shuffle the race card all the time.

How Long Does it Take to Impeach a Crook?

Erica Heller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Erica Heller

Does Blagojevich honestly think that if he puffs his chest out far enough and acts as if he hasn't been caught, isn't a disgrace, that we'll go along with it? And even more to the point, will we?

Feds Seek More Time To Indict Blagojevich As Gov. Stands Firm On Burris Appointment

AP | DEANNA BELLANDI | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's choice of a veteran black politician to fill President-elect Barack Obama's vacant Senate seat could b...

Illinois Secretary Of State's Refusal Of Burris Appointment May Only Be Symbolic

TPM | Eric Kleefeld | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

A spokesman for Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White (D) confirmed to Election Central that White knows he does not truly have the authority to sto...