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Patti Blagojevich Shares A Touching E-mail From Her Husband

Posted 08.27.2012 | Chicago

Even as former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich remains behind bars, serving a 14-year prison sentence outside Denver, he hasn't forgotten the love of hi...

Report: Tollway Funds Used To Balance State Budget Under Blago

Posted 03.23.2012 | Chicago

A report released Thursday revealed that tens of millions of dollars of revenue taken in by the Illinois Tollway were illegally diverted to state coff...

Airline Offers Blagojevich-Themed 'Escape' Flight Sale

Posted 03.22.2012 | Chicago

Florida-based Spirit Airlines is no stranger to Blagojevich-themed ad campaigns -- they've previously run "'F-ing Golden" and "Slammer Sale" promotion...

WATCH: Schock Says Obama 'Team' Elected Blagojevich

Posted 03.21.2012 | Chicago

U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock (R-Ill.) appeared on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" Tuesday and criticized President Obama's ties to what he called the "Chicago machine...

Report: Blagojevich High-Fived Other Inmates On First Day In Prison

The Huffington Post/AP | Posted 03.16.2012 | Chicago

Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich entered federal prison in Colorado Thursday, where he has been sentenced to spend the next 14 years. Befo...

WATCH: Blagojevich Has Lunch Before Prison In Denver

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 03.16.2012 | Chicago

Convicted former Gov. Rod Blagojevich stepped off a plane in Colorado on Thursday and headed to a federal prison to begin a 14-year sentence for corru...

Prison-Bound Blagojevich Schedules Primetime Farewell

Posted 03.13.2012 | Chicago

Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich will squeeze in one last media appearance before heading to Colorado this week, where he will serve a 14-year...

Blagojevich To Speak With Media Before Reporting To Prison

Posted 03.08.2012 | Chicago

A spokesman for Rod Blagojevich said this week that the former Illinois Governor plans to address the public one more time before he leaves Chicago to...

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....

Blagojevich Likely To Lose Law License

Posted 11.29.2011 | Chicago

A watchdog agency that monitors lawyers has called for Rod Blagojevich's law license to be suspended, a move seen as a likely precursor to the former ...

WATCH: Feds Want Harsh Sentence For Blagojevich

Posted 11.15.2011 | Chicago

Update: The U.S. Attorney's Office issued a statement Thursday in response to news reports about former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich's possible s...

Blagojevich Retrial: Reasonable Doubt

Lonna Saunders | Posted 08.14.2011 | Chicago
Lonna Saunders

I'm still scratching my head over the retrial of former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich now that it's over as we all await the jury's verdict on some 20 counts.

Potential Juror In Terrorism Trial Wants Out, Has Oprah Tickets

The Huffington Post/AP | Posted 07.16.2011 | Chicago

Jury selection began Monday in the case against Chicago businessman Tahawwur Rana, who is accused of helping a former boarding school friend serve as ...

Blagojevich's Second Trial Starts on "Spy Wednesday"

Lonna Saunders | Posted 05.28.2011 | Chicago
Lonna Saunders

Cameras aren't allowed in federal courtrooms. Even though the U.S. Constitution does guarantee all defendants in criminal trials the right to a public trial. If only a handful can get in, is it really a public trial?

My 2010 "McLaughlin Awards" [Part 1]

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

My apologies to anyone tuning in who was expecting to see the 150th "Friday Talking Points" column, since it will be pre-empted for two weeks here. B...

Blagojevich: Focus on Sentencing, Not a Retrial

Lonna Saunders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Lonna Saunders

Let's move forward, US Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald, and spend the public's limited tax dollars and limited resources on catching some other bad guys. You did what you said you would do.

WATCH: Blagojevich On 'Daily Show'

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

NEW YORK (Associated Press) - Despite goading from "The Daily Show" host Jon Stewart, former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich declined Monday night to pr...

Friday Talking Points [135] -- The Sky Is Falling!

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The media, quite obviously, has lost any capacity it once may have had for self-examination, to say nothing of its sense of irony. Every so often, th...

Blagojevich Trial: Thank the Jury

Lonna Saunders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Lonna Saunders

Thank the jury in the Blagojevich brothers' trial for their service and 14 days of deliberations. Then, let them alone. Think of the Beatles' song "Let It Be." The jury has spoken.

Blagojevich Trial: Power of the Jury

Lonna Saunders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Lonna Saunders

In the Blagojevich brothers cases, over a hundred pages of jury instructions were read by Judge James Zagel to the jury right before deliberations began. That is a lot to absorb.

Blago: The Lawyers Made Me Do It

Janan Hanna | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Janan Hanna

We're likely to hear a lot about the "advice of counsel" defense, but it is a red herring. Nothing in the federal wiretaps show that Blagojevich was using his aides and fundraisers to seek legal advice.

Bleeping Gold For Your Phone: Blagojevich Ringtones Offer The Best Of The Wiretaps

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

While the jurors sitting through hours of testimony might disagree, the past few weeks of the Rod Blagojevich corruption trial have been pretty amusin...

Judges Increasingly Keep Jurors' Names Secret: Blago Judge Challenged

Janan Hanna | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Janan Hanna

There is a presumption of openness in court proceedings, including publicizing the names of jurors. But the presumption can be overcome if a judge makes a showing that the "jurors' safety would be jeopardized."