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Blagojevich Trial: Rezko's Role In Pay-To-Play Schemes Highlighted

Huffington Post | Janan Hanna | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Ali Ata was repeatedly told that he was a "team player." He contributed handsomely to former Gov. Rod Blagojevich's campaign fund and was rewarded w...

Legislators Mixed On Commission's Plans To End Pay-To-Play, Limit Campaign Contributions

The Huffington Post | Tim Taliaferro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

SPRINGFIELD - Just hours after launching the initial salvo to end pay-to-play in state government, members of a blue-ribbon group traveled from Chicag...

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...

Booting Blagojevich Won't Cure Illinois Politics: Greg Hinz

Crain's Chicago Business | Greg Hinz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

[W]hatever his crimes and misdemeanors, high and low, Rod Blagojevich is only an example of what's gone terribly wrong with Illinois politics. The sta...

Blagojevich Charged Lobbyists $10,000 To Meet: Former Rival Topinka

WJBC | Jim Anderson and Eric Stock | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Former state treasurer Judy Baar Topinka says lobbyists had to pay $10,000 to get to see Governor Blagojevich. Topinka says lobbyists who found the go...

Rep. Gutierrez Pulls Out Of Obama Senate Seat Race

Crain's Chicago Business | Robert Herguth | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez said he's taken himself out of the running to fill the Senate seat vacated by President-elect Barack Obama. "The Senate sele...

Governor's Ethical Two-Step

Chicago Sun-Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

UPDATE Blagojevich responded to Monday's Sun-Times story about the contributions from a former state employee who pleaded guilty to felony corruption...

Obama Dodges Illinois Ethics Gridlock

Chicago Sun-Times | Dave McKinney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

While Barack Obama left an imprint on two major ethics packages as a state senator, he ducked a plea Thursday to use his influence to safeguard landma...

House Restores Budget Cuts, Affirms Strong Ethics Law

Greg Harris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Greg Harris

The actions of the House, although by overwhelming bipartisan majorities, are only the first step in undoing this damage to the state.