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Five Years After the Blagojevich Arrest, Where Are They Now?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 02.09.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Monday marked the five-year anniversary of Rod Blagojevich's arrest. What followed made Illinois a national punch-line and represented a new low point for Illinois politics.

Alonzo 'Lon' Monk, Blagojevich Friend, Gets 2 Years In Prison

AP | MICHAEL TARM | Posted 06.03.2012 | Chicago

CHICAGO — A judge Tuesday handed a two-year sentence to former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's law school roommate-turned-top aide who provided ...

Prosecutors Hope Rezko Sentence Sends A Message

AP | KAREN HAWKINS | Posted 01.23.2012 | Chicago

CHICAGO — Prosecutors say the harsh 10 1/2-year prison sentence handed to a former fundraiser for ousted Gov. Rod Blagojevich should send a mes...

Blagojevich Defense Paints Ex-Gov As Clueless Victim

AP | MIKE ROBINSON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — Was Rod Blagojevich a crook? Or was he merely a bumbler, a goof – naive, trusting and played for a fool by cynical campaign fund...

Blagojevich Trial: "No Go" for Rezko?

Lonna Saunders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lonna Saunders

The scuttlebutt at the trial of former Governor Rod Blagojevich, is that the prosecution has scratched his fundraiser, Tony Rezko, from its witness list.

A Sign of Insecurity? Government Asks Judge to Make Blagojevich Shut Up

Tamara N. Holder | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Tamara N. Holder

U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald wants former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich and his attorneys to shut up and stop talking to the press. But why?

Monk Testimony Paints Blagojevich As Stressed, Desperate For Cash

Huffington Post | Janan Hanna | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Juggling the interests of the owner of two horse racing tracks and his former boss, then Gov. Rod Blagojevich, Alonzo "Lon" Monk was feeling the press...

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...

Lon Monk, Former Blagojevich Confidante, Pleads Guilty, Will Testify Against Blago

AP | MIKE ROBINSON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — A former chief of staff and longtime friend of ousted Gov. Rod Blagojevich pleaded guilty to wire fraud Tuesday and promised to cooper...

Cheryle Jackson is Running for the U.S. Senate (I Knew Her When She Was Blago's Press Flack)

Carol Felsenthal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Carol Felsenthal

I met Jackson in the spring of 2003 when I was writing a profile of then-Gov. Rod Blagojevich. She was impressive, strong willed and minded and, initially, difficult.

Blagojevich Launches His Own Web Site

AP | SOPHIA TAREEN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) -- Vowing to continue speaking his mind, ousted Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich on Sunday launched a Web site that catalogues his scores of...

Lobbying Belongs on the Reform Agenda

Cindi Canary | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Cindi Canary

If Illinois ever hopes to sanitize itself from the stench of political corruption, it must expose lobbying to the light of day and demand higher ethical conduct from state lobbyists.

Blagojevich Confidante Lon Monk Pleads Not Guilty-- For Now

AP | MIKE ROBINSON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — A former chief of staff who served under ousted Gov. Rod Blagojevich pleaded not guilty Thursday in the federal corruption case involv...

What do Blagojevich and Nancy Kerrigan Have in Common?

Carol Felsenthal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Carol Felsenthal

The answer is Lon Monk, Rod Blagojevich's law school roommate, wedding groomsman, former chief of staff, favored running partner and, now, his fellow indictee.

Blagojevich Indicted For Corruption Along With Brother And Top Aides (READ THE CHARGES, BLAGO REACTION VIDEO)

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Ousted Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich and five others were indicted Thursday on charges of scheming to auction off President Barack Obama's vacant U.S....

The Sporadically Honorable Gentleman From Illinois (or, "Mr. Burris Goes Out to Lunch")

Rick Horowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

"...and here you are, sir: hamburger, medium-rare, and fries. You're sure you don't want anything to drink?"

Note to Illinois Voters: Remember Burris Called Lon Monk

Carol Felsenthal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Carol Felsenthal

Supporters of Burris liked to point out that when Lon Monk took Burris's call, Monk was no longer working for Blagojevich. The tapes show otherwise.

Who's Who In The Blagojevich Complaint

Chicago Sun-Times | Chris Fusco, Natasha Korecki, Tim Novak and Dave McKinney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Here's who's who among most of the names behind the letters and numerals prosecutors use to label those players in the Blagojevich case, according to ...

Blago on One of His Favorite Presidents: Richard Nixon

Carol Felsenthal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Carol Felsenthal

It's fitting that Rod Blagojevich was impeached on what would have been the 96th birthday of Richard Nixon, one of his favorite presidents.

More Blagojevich Wiretaps: Feds Tapped Former Chief Of Staff's Cell Phone

Chicago Sun-Times | Natasha Korecki and Dave McKinney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Federal authorities had more wiretaps than previously disclosed in the investigation of Gov. Blagojevich -- including the cellular telephone of a memb...