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Blagojevich Gets Radio Host Gig As Campaign Office Closes (And Emanuel Letter Pops Up)

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

What's the old adage, when one door closes another opens? That might well be true for Rod Blagojevich. Just as the campaign office of the disgraced f...

Blagojevich Lawyer Wants Campaign Fund For Payment, Calls Case More Complex Than Death Penalty Trial

AP | MIKE ROBINSON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) -- Ousted Gov. Rod Blagojevich's lawyer made a fresh plea Friday for permission to tap campaign money to pay legal bills, saying defendin...

Blagojevich's Brother Seeks Campaign Money To Pay For Defense

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) -- Ousted Gov. Rod Blagojevich's brother Robert has asked a federal judge to free up $2.3 million in campaign funds to pay defense attorn...

Blagojevich Targeted Four Potential Obama Replacements In Hunt For $2.3M In Campaign Cash

Chicago Sun-Times | NATASHA KORECKI AND DAVE MCKINNEY | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Four potential candidates for President Obama's vacant Senate seat were each to be targeted for contributions by ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich's campaign as...

Blagojevich Enlists Former IRS Agent To Oversee Campaign Fund

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich's campaign fund has hired a retired Internal Revenue Service special agent as its treasurer. That's according to Michael ...

Advice To Blago: Invoke Caesar

Stuart Whatley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stuart Whatley

If only he had invoked Caesar from the start, instead of civil rights heroes whose legacies are so sacred to so many, perhaps he could go down more gracefully (or at least less offensively).

Blagojevich's Brother Says FBI Has Him On Nearly 50 Tapes

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Gov. Rod Blagojevich's brother said Wednesday the FBI may have recorded as many as 50 of his telephone conversations as part of the federal investigat...

Feds Had Blagojevich Campaign Office Under Video Surveillance

Chicago Sun-Times | Natasha Korecki | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Federal authorities used a video camera as part of their cache of tools to investigate Gov. Blagojevich in the final weeks of 2008 before his arrest, ...

Blagojevich 2.0

Lloyd Garver | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lloyd Garver

What Blagojevich did is so shocking that it could make "Lincoln turn over in his grave." But Caroline getting the seat because of her zillion-dollar fund raising ability wouldn't do the same?

How About Some of that Blago to Go?

Kathleen Reardon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kathleen Reardon

Blagojevich, by any reasonable standard, ought to be beside himself with embarrassment over the 114 to 1 vote to impeach him. Yet he's reciting Tennyson in front of cameras.

Impeachment Panel Orders Disclosure Of All Blagojevich Donors

Bloomberg | Joe Carroll | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

A panel of Illinois lawmakers considering the impeachment of Governor Rod Blagojevich ordered his campaign committee to turn over the names of every d...

Replace Harry Reid?

Michael Fauntroy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Fauntroy

The Democrats should cut their losses and seat Burris. Perhaps they should cut their losses with Reid, too.

Blagojevich vs. the Senate

Stanley Kutler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stanley Kutler

In this contest of wills -- the governor's rightful authority to appoint a senator as opposed to the Senate's power to judge the qualification of its members -- the last word simply belongs to the Senate.

Enough About 'Roland Burris, Good Guy'

John R. Bohrer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John R. Bohrer

It doesn't matter how clean his record was when he was in office a decade ago or if he didn't pay a cent for his appointment: Roland Burris is a willing pawn in a very corrupt game.

A Lesser Class of Rogue

Allison Silver | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Allison Silver

Though Blagojevich is regularly described as the apotheosis of the shady Illinois politician, he does not come close to the finesse and style embodied by masterful machine politicians. He's no McGinty.

ABC's "The Note" Embarrasses Itself on Behalf of Beltway Journalism

Eric Boehlert | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Eric Boehlert

Doing its best to prop up the beyond soggy Blago/Obama "scandal," The Note worked feverishly to convince fellow journalists that they didn't make fools of themselves hyping the non-story for weeks.

Blago and Me

Neil McCarthy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Neil McCarthy

In electoral politics we want to avoid the rich and famous in favor of the modest but qualified. But we make it impossible for anyone but the rich and famous to get the jobs and then keep them.

Blago Should Still Appoint Diane Nash

Stephen C. Rose | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stephen C. Rose

Diane Nash is a pillar of the civil rights movement who happens to be a blue ribbon Chicago citizen and is certainly more qualified than Caroline Kennedy to be a US Senator.

Welcome to the Blagosphere

Thomas Frank | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Thomas Frank

The Blagojevich scandal is widely seen as a heavy blow for the incoming administration, but in fact it's good for Mr. Obama that it happened early on.

Blagojevich's Multi-Million Dollar Campaign Fund To Be Frozen: Report

Chicago Sun-Times | Natasha Korecki | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Federal authorities plan to freeze Gov. Blagojevich's campaign fund, crippling the governor's ability to use the money for his legal bills. In a lett...

The Right Way to Sell a Senate Seat

Jonathan Handel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jonathan Handel

Blago is actually the Governor's nickname, and please don't confuse it with "blogger," which is what I am. I'm not the governor of anything, and I left Chicago at age 6, with my morals more or less intact.

Handcuffs and Shoulder Shrugs

Toby Greenwalt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Toby Greenwalt

The conversation has moved on to how far this investigation will lead. Whether it's a political newcomer like Tammy Duckworth or a political institution like Richard Daley, a lot of people are hoping Fitzmas only hits once this year.

The Other Blago-Sphere Takes a Hit

Robert J. Elisberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert J. Elisberg

It's not just Lincoln turning in his grave, as U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald suggested, this would make even the first Mayor Daley turn in his grave, a man who could peddle boodle in his sleep without a scratch.

Blagojevich's Magnificent Downfall

James Warren | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
James Warren

At the heart of it all, is money -- as is the case in about 49 other states, regardless of all the television chatter Tuesday about a peculiarly "Chicago" brand of corruption.

Obama Unfairly Tainted by Crimes He Didn't Commit

Bob Cesca | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Cesca

We've seen this before: specious attempts to connect Obama with corrupt or controversial figures in Chicago. This is what we can expect for the next four years. The crazy has only just begun.