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Blagojevich Hurts Ryan's Clemency Hopes: Former Gov. Thompson

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Former Illinois Gov. Jim Thompson says current Gov. Rod Blagojevich's arrest hurts the chances of a presidential pardon for another former governor, G...

Happy Birthday, Governor Blagojevich!

Giles Slade | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Giles Slade

Last Tuesday, Al Gore, Barack Obama and Joe Biden were upstaged by Governor Rod Blagojevich who appears destined for the same prison that currently houses his predecessor.

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.

America's New Political Capital: Don't Judge Chicago by Its Crooks

Brett Ashley McKenzie | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Brett Ashley McKenzie

As names are named, and Blagojevich becomes the fourth Illinois governor since the '70s to be charged with white collar crime, you may find yourself asking, "What's going on with Illinois?"

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.

My Take on Blagojevich

David Mamet | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Mamet

I am from Chicago, and, so, having been disillusioned with politics at an early age I do not become involved. The only reason I vote is because they pay me.

Blagojevich Proves Obama is Clean

Cenk Uygur | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cenk Uygur

The headline shouldn't be about how this is a problem for Obama. The headline should be, "Blagojevich Case Proves Obama Can't Be Bought." He is indisputably clean.

Blagojevich Deserves the Chicago Tribune's Thanks

Jacob Heilbrunn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Jacob Heilbrunn

Blagojevich should have just exercised a little more patience in demanding that Zell fire writers since Zell, who has just had the Tribune declare bankruptcy, seems to be taking down the entire place anyway.

Illinois' Legacy Of Corruption: Three Ex-Governors Jailed Since 1970's

AP | The Associated Press | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Three former Illinois governors have gone to prison in the past 35 years, and a host of other governors have gotten into legal trouble. _Otto Kerner,...

Now, Finally, We Can Clean Up This State

Edwin Eisendrath | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Edwin Eisendrath

Two years ago I took on Mr. Blagojevich in the Democratic Primary. It was already clear back then that he was deeply involved in the kind of pay-to-play politics that have tainted Illinois for too long.

Unexpurgated Blago: Barack Obama is a "Motherf**ker" and More

Howard Wolinsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Howard Wolinsky

The Blagojevich governorship seems to have been fueled by arrogance, an incredible sense of entitlement and a manic high with a cloak of invincibility.

Harry Reid: "State Of Illinois Is On Kind Of A Bad Run"

Washington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) spoke to the Illinois Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich (D) just "a few days ago" about the appointment to succeed...

Pat Quinn: Illinois' Lieutenant Governor, Future Governor?

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Check back for updates. For more up-to-the-minute info on the Blagojevich scandal, check out Huffpost's Rod Blagojevich Big News Page UPDATE 12/10...

My Governor Got Led Away in Handcuffs, and All I Got Was This Lousy Newspaper

Daniel Sinker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Daniel Sinker

Be glad you're not Rod Blagojevich. In addition to having a terrible haircut, he's going to go down in history as the worst politician in the history of Illinois politics--a high bar to pass, but one he's passed handily.

More Congressmen Rip Ryan Clemency Push

SouthtownStar | Nathaniel Zimmer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Congresswoman-elect Debbie Halvorson (D-Crete) and U.S. Reps. Judy Biggert (R-13th) and Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-2nd) said they oppose commuting former Go...

Durbin Defends Ryan Commutation Effort

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Senator Dick Durbin on Thursday defended his decision to send a letter to President Bush urging the commutation of jailed former Governor George Ryan...

White House Won't Comment On Ryan Clemency Request

Chicago Tribune | Rick Pearson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The White House today acknowledged receiving Sen. Dick Durbin's request for executive clemency for former Illinois Gov. George Ryan, but the administ...

Obama Avoiding George Ryan Clemency Controversy

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

President-elect Barack Obama is steering clear of the heated debate over whether former Governor George Ryan should receive a pardon or some other fo...

Attorney General Madigan Speaks Out Against Ryan Clemency

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan joined the chorus of politicians opposing clemency for jailed former Governor George Ryan Wednesday. Madigan ...

GOP Rep. Kirk Opposes Ryan Clemency Push

Chicago Tribune | Rick Pearson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Rejecting an idea endorsed by two top Democrats, Republican North Shore Rep. Mark Kirk sent a letter to the White House today asking President George...

George Ryan's Clemency Bid: Pros And Cons For Bush

Daily Herald | John Patterson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The topsy-turvy tale of George Ryan's efforts to get out of federal prison becomes a bit more twisted by the day. On Tuesday, Republican Congressman ...

Durbin To Ask Bush To Commute Ryan Sentence

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin asked President Bush on Monday to consider commuting former Gov. George Ryan's 6 1/2-year racketeering sente...

GOP Leader Opposes Ryan Commutation, Criticizes Durbin

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Illinois Republican Party Chairman Andy McKenna on Monday criticized the push to have President Bush commute the sentence of the state's former Repub...

Blagojevich: Bush Should Pardon Former Governor Ryan

Chicago Sun-Times | Maudlyne Ihejirika | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Gov. Blagojevich, who for years has blasted corruption under his predecessor, George Ryan, said Thursday "it would be a good decision" for President ...