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Blagojevich's Former Chief Of Staff Gets 10-Day Prison Sentence

AP | MICHAEL TARM | Posted 05.28.2012 | Chicago

CHICAGO — Although Rod Blagojevich is in Colorado serving a 14-year prison sentence, his presence was felt more than 900 miles away Wednesday as...

House Panel Extends Jesse Jackson Jr. Investigation

AP | By HENRY C. JACKSON | Posted 12.02.2011 | Chicago

-- The House Ethics Committee announced Friday it will continue its investigation into allegations Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. or someone acting on his be...

House Ethics Committee Resumes Jackson Jr. Investigation

AP | By LARRY MARGASAK | Posted 12.19.2011 | Chicago

WASHINGTON -- The House Ethics Committee said Tuesday it would move ahead with an investigation of whether Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. tried to buy Barack ...

Blagojevich Defense To Call Last Witnesses

AP | KAREN HAWKINS and MICHAEL TARM | Posted 08.08.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — A federal prosecutor began making final arguments Wednesday at the corruption retrial of Rod Blagojevich, telling jurors that the oust...

Blagojevich Takes The Stand For 7th Day At Retrial

AP | MICHAEL TARM and KAREN HAWKINS | Posted 08.07.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — Twice-elected Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich ended the most important campaign of his life Tuesday, stepping down from the witness stan...

Supreme Court Denies Roland Burris' Appeal: Won't Overturn Election

AP | Posted 08.06.2011 | Chicago

WASHINGTON — Months after Illinois' new senator took office, the Supreme Court says it will not consider overturning the election of President B...

Blagojevich Grilled By Prosecutor About Lying To FBI Conviction

AP | By KAREN HAWKINS and MICHAEL TARM | Posted 08.02.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO -- A prosecutor who waited years to grill Rod Blagojevich on a witness stand struck hard and fast Thursday when he finally got his chance. "M...

Blagojevich Says He Thought Senate Plans Were Legal

AP | MICHAEL TARM and KAREN HAWKINS | Posted 08.01.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — Calling it "that phrase heard around the world," former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich attempted Wednesday to address the most infamous...

'F***ing Golden': Blago Jury Hears Infamous Quote In Court

AP | MICHAEL TARM and KAREN HAWKINS | Posted 07.10.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — Prosecutors at Rod Blagojevich's corruption retrial circled back Tuesday to a golden place they'd been before – playing the most...

Blagojevich Defense To Government's Star Witness

AP | MICHAEL TARM and DON BABWIN | Posted 07.09.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — Jurors in Rod Blagojevich's retrial heard a union leader testify Monday that the former governor said he wanted a cabinet post during ...

Blagojevich Prosecutors Keep Focus On Obama's Senate Seat

AP | MICHAEL TARM and KAREN HAWKINS | Posted 07.05.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — Jurors at Rod Blagojevich's corruption retrial heard him complaining on tape about his money woes Thursday as prosecutors hammered awa...

Blagojevich's Former Chief Of Staff Expected To Testify About Obama's Senate Seat

AP | KAREN HAWKINS and MICHAEL TARM | Posted 07.04.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — Two years into his second term, then-Gov. Rod Blagojevich was eager to ditch Illinois for a high-paying, high-powered job elsewhere, a...

Blagojevich Prosecutors Want 'Maddow' Clip Played During Retrial

Posted 06.25.2011 | Chicago

Earlier this month, Judge James Zagel warned former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich that his comments to the media can be used against him during hi...

Republican Leaders Pouring Money Into Illinois Races

AP | CHRISTOPHER WILLS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The state that launched Barack Obama toward the White House could deliver a painful rebuke in November by handing Democrats ...

John Harris: Rod Blagojevich Wondered What He Could Get For Obama's Senate Seat

AP | MICHAEL TARM and DON BABWIN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — At times agitated, excited or profane, Rod Blagojevich sorted through ways he could benefit personally from the U.S. Senate seat vacat...

Talk Of Cash For Jesse Jackson Jr. Senate Appointment Comes Up At Blagojevich Trial

Huffington Post | Janan Hanna | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Rod Blagojevich had nothing good to say about Jesse Jackson, Jr. when his name was floated as a possible Senate candidate to fill Barack Obama's seat....

Blago Aide: Obama Stopped Blagojevich Senate Deal With President's Mentor

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

CHICAGO — A former Illinois government insider testified Thursday that then-Gov. Rod Blagojevich told him two years ago of an alleged deal under...

Blagojevich Basks In The Spotlight Despite Looming Trial

AP | SHARON COHEN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — The day before Rod Blagojevich's world came crashing down, he stood before the TV cameras confident and defiant, as always, declaring ...

Is David Axelrod Trying to Muscle Alexi G Out of the Senate Race?

Carol Felsenthal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Carol Felsenthal

For Alexi Giannoulias's Republican opponent, Mark Kirk, opposition research consists of looking up recent stories in the Chicago dailies.

Illinois Primary: Senate And Governors Races At Stake

AP | CHRISTOPHER WILLS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

CHICAGO — Illinois voters in the nation's first primary picked candidates Tuesday for an election in which Democrats will try to defend the gove...

If This Becomes the Face of the Democratic Party, Say Goodbye to the Democratic Party

David Sirota | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
David Sirota

If Alexi Giannoulias is the winner of the Democratic primary, we can expect to hear for the next year about how the Democratic Party is so corrupt it is now promoting a scandal-plagued banker to fill Obama's old Senate seat.

Obama Coakley Speech: President Seeks To Save Senate Seat, Health Vote (VIDEO)

AP/ Huffington Post | CHARLES BABINGTON and LIZ SIDOTI | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

BOSTON -- His agenda at risk, President Barack Obama fought Sunday to save a struggling Democratic U.S. Senate candidate and the critical 60th vote ne...

Illinois Democrats Need Obama's Help To Keep His Old Senate Seat

New York Times | James Warren | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Some Chicagoans grouse that President Obama has reneged on promises to return home regularly. Midway through a desultory, prickly United States Senate...

Axelrod: 'I Thought Lisa [Madigan] Would Give Us The Best Shot' Of Keeping Obama's Senate Seat

AP | DEANNA BELLANDI | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — The White House and Illinois Democrats said Tuesday that their bid to hold on to President Barack Obama's old Senate seat won't be eas...

Jackson Sr. Denies Being 'Emissary' To Blagojevich

ABC | Thomas Giusto and Brian Ross | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Rev. Jesse Jackson says he played no role and was not "an emissary" in alleged efforts to make a deal with Governor Rod Blagojevich for the appointm...