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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.

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.

Mommy, Where Do Blagojeviches Come From?

David Murray | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
David Murray

For many years after moving to Chicago I witnessed Illinois politicians and I asked my Ohio self: "These people were innocent children once. How did they get this way?"

Jesse Jackson Sr. Lawyers Up

NBC 5 | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The alleged scheme by Gov. Rod Blagojevich to trade a U.S. Senate post and other favors for personal gain includes an alphabet soup of unidentified pa...

The Blago-Sphere

Craig Bloomfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Craig Bloomfield

A common response to the news goes something like this: "What is this guy, nuts?" In the end, Blago's nuttiness may be his best defense.

Songs for the Season: "A Ho-Ho-Horowitz Christmas!"

Rick Horowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Rick Horowitz

You'd better watch out/ And heed what I say/You'd better protect your 401(k)/Nasty times are coming to town.

A Dick Cheney Christmas Carol

Stu Kreisman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Stu Kreisman

An excerpt from Dick Cheney's Diary: We turned around and I was back in my bedroom at stately Cheney Manor. "Ronnie? Mr. President?" I whispered, but he was gone.

Blago and Children's: Why It's Personal for Me

Melissa Hapke | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Melissa Hapke

Rod Blagojevich tried to take away funding from a worthy program for the whole state of Illinois. This is personal for me, because in 1971, I had open heart surgery at Children's Memorial Hospital.

Obama Can Restore Constitutional Democracy in Two Easy Steps

David Fiderer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Fiderer

In spite of widespread evidence that Bush, Cheney, Rove et al. ran a criminal operation, Obama may be reluctant to use his political capital in pursuit of prior administration officials.

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?"

Who Did In Blagojevich?

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

The demise of Rod Blagojevich continues to make so much news, I almost don't know where to start. Take the man himself. Just how idiotic is it for so...

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.

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'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.

Sam Stein

Obama Backed Fitzgerald, Despite GOP Claims | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Republican officials are working overtime, it seems, to draw the first political blood from President-elect Obama by connecting him to the arrest of h...

Jason Linkins

The Blagojevich/Wire Connection, Revealed | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Looking over the breadth and scope of the unfolding Rod Blagojevich investigation, I couldn't help thinking that that Patrick Fitzgerald has hooked hi...

Dear Gov. Blagojevich

Matt Cooper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Matt Cooper

You're probably wondering what to do. I have some advice. Back in 2004, I had a rather infamous run-in with Pat Fitzgerald, the U.S. Attorney who has taken such a keen interest in you.

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.

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 ...

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.

Blagojevich Arrest: Rahm Emanuel Tip Off? (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post | Rachel Weiner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Republicans are already attempting to tie the arrest of Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich to President-elect Barack Obama. But local reports suggest that ...

US Atty: Blagojevich Went On "A Political Corruption Crime Spree"

Chicago Tribune | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald said today that arrested Gov. Rod Blagojevich "has taken us to a truly new low" and went on "a political corruption c...

Governor Blagojevich, the Shakedown Artist

Gail Vida Hamburg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gail Vida Hamburg

We remember that before Barack Obama inspired 64 million voters of every hue across the country, he first impressed out-of-luck white farmers in downstate Illinois with his empathy.

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.