James R. Thompson Center

Possibly For Sale: State Office Building, Real Fixer-Upper

The administration of Gov. Bruce Rauner confirms it is seeking an appraisal of the James R. Thompson Center as the state continues to wrestle with chronic budget problems.


Illinois State Capitol in Springfield

Former Blagojevich Cabinet Member Fined $100K For Ethics Violation

The Executive Ethics Commission approved a settlement Wednesday between the Illinois Attorney General and former Healthcare and Family Services Director Barry Maram.


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Baffoe: Suggestions For The New Governors State Mascot

This Governors State alum is thrilled to finally have a college athletic team to root for.

CBS Chicago–02/28/2014

Springfield businessman William Cellini has been nicknamed both "The King of Clout" and "The Pope" for his significant influence in Illinois politics. (AP File Photo)

Power Broker Bill Cellini Sentenced To 1 Year, 1 Day In Blago-Era Corruption Case

William Cellini, a Springfield businessman, was targeted by the feds for extortion conspiracy in a case dating to the Blagojevich administration.


Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich waves to supporters outside his home after returning from his sentencing hearing December 7, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. Blagojevich was sentenced to 14 years in federal prison after being found guilty of 18 charges in two trials including trying to sell President Obama’s vacated senate seat. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

New Book Taps Into ‘Golden’ Blagojevich Corruption Saga

2 Chicago Tribune reporters have a written a blow-by-blow account of ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s downfall. CBS 2’s Walter Jacobson reports.

CBS Chicago–09/14/2012

Springfield businessman William Cellini has been nicknamed both "The King of Clout" and "The Pope" for his significant influence in Illinois politics. (AP File Photo)

Judge Won’t Reverse Shakedown Conviction Of Powerbroker Cellini

A federal judge Thursday denied one-time political power broker William Cellini’s latest bid for a new trial.

WBBM Newsradio–05/31/2012

Meet Luella, the Blagojevich family's new puppy. (CBS)

On Night Out, Blagojevich Gets Upstaged By New Puppy

The former governor and his wife, Patti, and their two daughters traveled to Chicago’s PAWS animal shelter to get a Maltipoo named Louella, which had been rescued from the city pound.


Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich. (Credit: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

Experts: Stiff Sentence For Blago May Not Deter Corruption

Observers say the stiff sentence given to disgraced ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich on Wednesday was warranted, but some doubted whether it will deter corrupt office-holders.


The Blagojevich retrial jury foreman, Connie Wilson, talks with reporters after the ex-governor's conviction. (CBS)

Jury Foreman: Blagojevich Crossed The Line

The woman who served as jury foreman in ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s corruption retrial says the panel hopefully sends a message with its multiple guilty verdicts against him Monday.


Blagojevich Leaves For Verdict

Political Reaction To Blagojevich Verdict

A variety of elected officials, many of them Republicans, began chiming in Monday moments after ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich, a Democrat, was convicted of most corruption charges against him at the close of his federal trial.


Rod Blagojevich

Blagojevich Retrial Goes To Jury

The corruption retrial of ousted Gov. Rod Blagojevich was passed to a jury Thursday, after federal prosecutor’s and defense attorneys offered their final arguments.


Prosecutors Take Aim At Blagojevich Defense Claims

CHICAGO (AP) ― A prosecutor focused on shooting down defense arguments in Rod Blagojevich’s corruption trial during his closing argument Monday, telling jurors that the former Illinois governor need have made no money or gotten […]


Family Joins Blago As Closing Arguments Begin

Prosecutor Zeros In On Ex-Governor’s Comments That Obama Seat Was ‘F—-‘ Golden Rod Blagojevich arrived in court with his wife and two young daughters at his side, as prosecutors began their closing arguments in the […]


Blago Witness: Jackson backer offered fundraising

CHICAGO (AP) – Federal prosecutors told a judge Wednesday that they had a witness who would testify that he heard a Chicago businessman offer to raise $1 million for Rod Blagojevich if the Illinois governor […]