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Court overturns some Blagojevich Senate-seat convictions

Court overturns some Blagojevich Senate-seat convictions

CHICAGO | A federal appeals court Tuesday overturned some of the most sensational convictions that sent former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich off to a lengthy stint in prison, ruling that the Democrat did not break the law when he sought to secure a Cabinet position in President Barack Obama'…

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Monday deadline looms for Blagojevich appeal

CHICAGO | Rod Blagojevich's lawyers are working to meet a deadline to file what could be a 100-page appeal calling for the ex-governor's corruption convictions to be tossed or for his 14-year sentence to be reduced.

July 15, 2013 10:56 am
Blagojevich Judge James Zagel

Blagojevich Judge James Zagel

Federal Judge James Zagel speaks Thursday at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Ill. Zagel, who sentenced former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich to 14 years in prison, said he doesn't believe the public has entirely lost faith in government.

April 19, 2012 7:08 pm

I predict Obama will pardon Blago at end of term

Prediction: U.S. President Barack Hussein Obama, at the end of his term as president, will pardon ex-Illinois Gov. Rod (Milorad) Blagojevich.

April 04, 2012 12:00 am
Ex-Ill. Gov. Blagojevich enters federal prison in Colorado

Ex-Ill. Gov. Blagojevich enters federal prison in Colorado

LITTLETON, Colo. | Convicted former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich entered a federal prison in Colorado on Thursday to begin a 14-year sentence for corruption, the latest chapter in the downfall of a charismatic politician that seemed more like a bizarre reality TV show than a legal battle.

March 15, 2012 1:23 pm

Blago's idea of truth varies from Ten Commandments

I'm writing these few lines in regards to ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich, of Illinois, who is beginning a long two-way stretch in Club Fed this month.

March 11, 2012 12:00 am

Cellini juror put on trial

CHICAGO | A woman who served on the jury for convicted power broker William Cellini's trial told a federal judge Friday that she doesn't know why she failed to disclose her prior criminal convictions and later stormed out of the courtroom yelling, "Leave me alone!"

January 06, 2012 8:42 pm

Let's hope judge sees through more antics from Blagojevich

Here we go again: More of Rod Blagojevich slick-talking his way around having a substance abuse problem.

December 26, 2011 12:00 am

Prosecutors: Rezko's cooperation no big help

CHICAGO | Secrets that a notorious fundraiser for Rod Blagojevich's administration eventually told investigators about the disgraced former governor were too little and came too late to be of much help, federal prosecutors said in recommending a lengthy prison term for convicted influence-pe…

November 04, 2011 7:15 pm

Obama administration will rank among the most dishonest

So Rod Blagojevich has been convicted on his second trial. I believe it is because he went against the wishes of Barack Obama and some of the corrupt Illinois, mainly Chicago, politicians who wanted Valerie Jarret to get Obama's Senate seat that became open when Obama was elected president.

July 11, 2011 12:00 am

Jurors liked Blagojevich, but didn't believe him

CHICAGO | Jurors who convicted Rod Blagojevich of corruption Monday said it wasn't that they disliked the former Illinois governor. They just didn't believe him.

June 27, 2011 10:45 pm

Blago's conversations could be seen as crazy narcissistic talk

Is former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich guilty of attempting to "horse trade" something for himself illegally, or was it just crazy talk by a very narcissistic individual? Initially, it appears he did something illegal; however, he did not accept anything from anyone when it is most obvious …

June 21, 2011 12:00 am

Blago judge: Obama unaware of seat swap

CHICAGO | There's no evidence Barack Obama knew in 2008 that Rod Blagojevich may have sought to exchange an appointment to the president-elect's vacated U.S. Senate seat for a Cabinet post or other top administration job, the judge at the ousted Illinois governor's corruption retrial said Monday.

May 16, 2011 6:30 pm

Candidates use others to boost, deflate image

SPRINGFIELD | Rod Blagojevich, Karl Rove, Barack Obama and former U.S. Rep. Jerry Weller have something in common this election season.

September 26, 2010 12:00 am

GUEST COMMENTARY: Retrial is appropriate in Blagojevich's case

As the trial of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich enters a new chapter, I am struck by the claim that a retrial would be a waste of taxpayer dollars and the government's resources.

September 01, 2010 12:00 am

Blagojevich auction boxes contain client files

CHICAGO | Amidst photos and handwritten letters in auction boxes connected to former Gov. Rod Blagojevich are confidential client-attorney papers from his lawyer days and opposition research on his 2006 gubernatorial race rival Judy Baar Topinka.

August 29, 2010 12:00 am

Judge: Rod Blagojevich retrial will be in 2011

CHICAGO | Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich is set to go back on trial in early January, but he will stand alone as a defendant this time after prosecutors dismissed all corruption charges against his brother on Thursday.

August 26, 2010 11:16 am

Leaders tamp down Blago comeback talk

SPRINGFIELD | Rod Blagojevich is hinting that he could run for office again.

August 26, 2010 12:00 am

Parties seek election roadmap

SPRINGFIELD | Republicans and Democrats took their campaign themes for a test drive at the Illinois State Fair last week.

August 22, 2010 12:00 am
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