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Blagojevich Corruption

Blagojevich's Replacement: Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn Assembling Transition Team

Chicago Tribune | Ray Long and Rick Pearson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

As a disgraced but defiant Gov. Rod Blagojevich vows a lengthy fight to hold on to his office, Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn has been quietly working to put toge...

Daley Still Not Calling For Blagojevich Resignation

NBC Chicago | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Mayor Richard Daley continued to be out of tune with the state's political leader chorus calling for Blagojevich's resignation. "He should really loo...

Meet Rod Blagojevich, 'The Idiot Savant'

Chicago Sun-Times | Mark Brown | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

What you saw, ladies and gentleman of America, was quintessential Blagojevich, right down to his recitation of a portion of Rudyard Kipling's "If." M...

Blagojevich Issues 22 Pardons, Vows To Stay And Fight

AP | DEANNA BELLANDI and MIKE ROBINSON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — Facing federal corruption charges that threaten to end his political career, Gov. Rod Blagojevich has made clear to the world what tho...

Blagojevich Statement 'A Very Serbian Presentation'

Guardian | Michael Tomasky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Well, Blago's press conference was one of the greatest of recent vintage, no? "I will fight. I will fight! I will fight!! Until I take my last breath!...

Blagojevich Previews Legal Defense Strategy

AP | JIM SUHR | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — A combative Gov. Rod Blagojevich served notice Friday that he has no intention of quitting over his corruption arrest, declaring: "I w...


The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

UPDATE, 12/30 Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich will hold a press conference today to defend his pick of Roland Burris as a replacement for Barack Ob...

Blagojevich May Resign Despite Statement: Attorney

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Gov. Rod Blagojevich could still step down despite his forceful statement to the contrary, one of his lawyers said Friday. Friday afternoon, in his f...

Naked Blagojevich Painting In Works By 'Nude Sarah Palin' Artist (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post | Azam Ahmed | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The Chicago Tribune reports that local artist Bruce Elliott is "nearly complete" with a nude painting of Rod Blagojevich titled "The Cavity Search," w...

Blagojevich's Wife, Brother Lawyer Up

Chicago Sun-Times | Natasha Korecki and Chris Fusco | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Both the brother and wife of Gov. Blagojevich are bracing themselves as the investigation that led to the governor's arrest last week could be headed ...

Blagojevich and Beijing: Political Corruption in China and America

Alexander Davenport | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Alexander Davenport

We decry corruption in government, yet in our day-to-day lives, the very same influence peddling that would be seen as corruption on a grander scale is somehow tolerated.

Emanuel Had Direct Talks With Blagojevich But No Wrongdoing: Report

Chicago Sun-Times | Natasha Korecki | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

President-elect Barack Obama's incoming chief of staff Rahm Emanuel had a deeper involvement in pressing for a U.S. Senate seat appointment than previ...

Chicago Tribune Did Not Force Timing Of Blagojevich Arrest: FBI

Wall Street Journal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The timing of Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's arrest wasn't affected by a Chicago Tribune story that reported Blagojevich was being secretly recorded ...

Case Against Blagojevich 'Weak,' Media On 'Witch Hunt': Lawyer (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Gov. Rod Blagojevich's lead attorney described the case against his client as a "fairytale" and said the press is on a "witch hunt" in an interview wi...

Blagojevich Impeachment Panel Calling First Witnesses

AP | CHRISTOPHER WILLS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Illinois lawmakers could be forced to build their impeachment case against Gov. Rod Blagojevich on a raft of relatively smal...

Blagojevich Impeachment Hearings: WATCH LIVE

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The Illinois House Panel Weighing Impeachment for Gov. Rod Blagojevich is currently meeting in Springfield. Watch a live stream of the hearings here...

Attorney General: State Won't Pay For Blagojevich's Legal Defense

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has rejected a request that the state pay for Gov. Rod Blagojevich's legal defense. Under Illi...

Is Governor Blagojevich's Conduct Any Different From Those in Congress?

Melanie Sloan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Melanie Sloan

Isn't trading official action for campaign contributions how our system works? Or did I miss the excellent foreign service exam scores of the large donors who become ambassadors?

Blagojevich's Replacement: A Family Dog?

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Questions have been dogging Illinois ever since Gov. Rod Blagojevich was arrested last week on corruption charges. Now a California couple says the a...

Obama: 'Frustrating' To Not Address Blagojevich Rumors (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

President-elect Barack Obama said Wednesday he was anxious to correct the record on his transition team's involvement with Gov. Rod Blagojevich and d...

In Defense of Rod Blagojevich

Mario Correa | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Mario Correa

Now that Rod Blagojevich has R. Kelly's lawyer in his corner, we can safely assume he'll be acquitted of any child porn charges. But if it's pay-to-...

Blagojevich's Multi-Million Dollar Campaign Fund To Be Frozen: Report

Chicago Sun-Times | Natasha Korecki | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Federal authorities plan to freeze Gov. Blagojevich's campaign fund, crippling the governor's ability to use the money for his legal bills. In a lett...

Illinois Supreme Court Will Not Hear Blagojevich Removal Challenge

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Gov. Rod Blagojevich withstood a fellow Democrat's first attempt to have him quickly ousted from office when the state Supreme Cou...

Emanuel Pushed Jarrett For Senate: Report

Chicago Sun-Times | Natasha Korecki and Fran Spielman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

President-elect Barack Obama's incoming chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, was pushing for Obama's successor just days after the Nov. 4 election, sources t...

Blagojevich Quotes Elvis, Says He'll Talk 'Soon' (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Gov. Rod Blagojevich said Wednesday that he "can't wait" to tell his side of the story and expects to do so no later than Thursday. "I can't wait to...