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Metra scandal: Clout, connections, family ties

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 09.16.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

METRA AND THE MADIGANS With a $718,000 buyout that required the recipient never to divulge why he was being bought out, the Metra scandal already cont...

Judge Sets Bond For Blago, Says He Could Lose Home

AP | Posted 09.14.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich has told a federal judge he understands he could lose his home if he violates the conditions of h...

Blagojevich Retrial Begins Wednesday, Won't Be Repeat Of The First

AP | MICHAEL TARM | Posted 06.19.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — The same defendant. The same judge. The same courthouse. Even the same carefully coiffed hair. Rod Blagojevich's second corruption tr...

Closing Arguments In Blagojevich Trial Begin Monday: Was He Just Talking?

AP | DON BABWIN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — As Rod Blagojevich's attorneys prepare to make their last pitch to jurors, their closing arguments may come down to this: The former I...

Blagojevich Trial: Judge Says Names Of Jurors Will Be Kept Secret

AP | MIKE ROBINSON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — The judge presiding over former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's corruption case said Monday that the names of the jurors will be kept ...

Blagojevich Trial: Mistrial Denied

WBEZ | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The federal judge presiding over the trial of ex-Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich has quickly dismissed a defense motion for a mistrial. ...

Rod Blagojevich Trial: Judge Chides Ex-Governor But Won't Gag Him

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

CHICAGO — Rod Blagojevich's trial judge accused the talkative former governor on Wednesday of making a "backhanded play for sympathy" in comment...

No Room for Public at Guv Blago's Trial

Lonna Saunders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lonna Saunders

There's no room for the public to watch former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich's trial. With the high degree of public interest in this case, why are there only 32 seats available to the public?

A Bad Day for Politics, but a Good Day for Law

Peter Baugher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Peter Baugher

While there will doubtlessly be spectacle and low points in the Blagojevich trial, which began yesterday, it will remind us that we are all responsible for making our collective enterprise run fairly and honestly.

Judge Won't Bar Blagojevich From Trump's "Celebrity Apprentice"

AP | MIKE ROBINSON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — Prosecutors said Monday they are worried about what ousted Gov. Rod Blagojevich might say on Donald Trump's "Celebrity Apprentice" TV ...

Blagojevich Judge: Actor, Novelist, "No-Nonsense" Arbitrator

AP | MIKE ROBINSON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — Judge James B. Zagel has meted out justice on the silver screen and masterminded a bank robbery in the pages of a novel. But the vete...

Blagojevich Trial Date Set: June 3, 2010

AP | MIKE ROBINSON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) -- A federal judge on Thursday set a June 3, 2010, start date for former Gov. Rod Blagojevich's trial on charges of scheming to sell or t...

Blago Trial Document Filed By Powerful Lobbyist Cellini May Become Public

AP | MIKE ROBINSON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) -- Sealed court papers shedding light on a millionaire Springfield lobbyist who is a co-defendant in the corruption case against ousted G...

Blagojevich Jury May Be Kept Anonymous To Avoid Pressure

Chicago Public Radio | Rob Wildeboer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The judge hearing the case of former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich says he may want the jury to remain anonymous throughout the trial....

Blagojevich Judge Wants Spring 2010 Trial

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — The federal judge presiding over ousted Gov. Rod Blagojevich's corruption case is shooting for a trial in spring 2010. U.S. District ...

Blagojevich To Be Arraigned Tuesday

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich's arraignment on federal corruption charges has been set for April 14. The federal court schedule indicates that the form...