former governor

Jim Edgar

Edgar: GOP Campaign Has Gone On Too Long

Count former Republican Gov. Jim Edgar among those who feel the protracting GOP Primary campaign could hurt the party.

CBS Chicago–03/21/2012

Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, at left, and his father-in-law, Ald. Dick Mell (33rd), at Blagojevich's 2003 inauguration. (CBS File Photo)

Mell And Blagojevich Reconcile After Longtime Feud

On the day former Gov. Rod Blagojevich began serving his prison sentence, his father-in-law, Ald. Richard Mell (3rd) said the two have reconciled, nearly seven years after a public and nasty falling-out.

CBS 2–03/15/2012

Scott Fawell, former chief of staff for convicted Gov. George Ryan, discusses his time in prison on the day Ryan's successor, convicted Gov. Rod Blagojevich reported to prison. (Credit: CBS)

Fawell: First Day In Prison ‘Rude Awakening To Change In Life’

A “rude awakening to change in life.” That’s how Scott Fawell, who spent 4 ½ years in prison, describes the first hours former Gov. Rod Blagojevich will face now that he’s begun his 14-year prison sentence.

CBS 2–03/15/2012

George Ryan

Former Gov. Ryan Seeks Appeal To U.S. Supreme Court

While one ex-governor heads off to federal prison, another is still there, pinning his hopes for an early release on a long-shot before the U.S. Supreme Court.

CBS Chicago–03/15/2012

Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich walks through a hoard of media toward his house before giving a news conference outside his home March 14, 2012, a day before reporting to prison. (Photo by Frank Polich/Getty Images)

Blagojevich’s Countdown To Prison Reaching Its Final Hours

In less than a day, former Gov. Rod Blagojevich will trade his civilian clothes for a prison uniform and will be known by his prison number.

CBS 2–03/14/2012

Rod Blagojevich, standing with his wife Patti, speaks to reporters on March 14, 2012, in his final public statement before reporting to prison for his 14-year sentence on corruption charges on March 15. (Credit: CBS)

Blagojevich On Going To Prison: ‘Hardest Thing I’ve Ever Had To Do’

The day before he reports to prison to begin serving his 14-year sentence, former Gov. Rod Blagojevich said, “this is the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do.”

CBS Chicago–03/14/2012

Former Illinois Congresswoman Debbie Halvorson (left) and Illinois Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. (right) are running against each other in the 2012 Democratic primary in the 2nd District. (Credit: Brendan Hoffman/Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Halvorson Drags Robert Blagojevich Into Election Fight Against Jackson

With former Congresswoman Debbie Halvorson far behind in the latest polls in her efforts to unseat Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr., Halvorson is asking for some help in bringing down Jackson.

WBBM Newsradio–03/13/2012

Then-Gov. Rod Blagojevich (R) and then-Congressman Rahm Emanuel at a 2004 press conference. (File Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

Mayor: ‘My Thoughts Are With’ Blagojevich Family

As former Gov. Rod Blagojevich prepares to head to prison in three days to begin his 14-year sentence on corruption charges, Mayor Rahm Emanuel said his thoughts are with the Blagojevich family.

CBS Chicago–03/12/2012

John Harris, former Chief of Staff for former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, leaves the Dirksen Federal Building following his arraignment on charges related to the racketeering and fraud case against Blagojevich April 16, 2009 in Chicago, Illinois. Blagojevich was arraigned April 14 on 16 criminal counts including racketeering conspiracy and wire fraud.  (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Blagojevich’s Former Top Aide Seeking Probation At Sentencing

A day after former Gov. Rod Blagojevich reports to prison to begin his 14-year sentence on corruption charges next week, his former chief of staff will be in front of a federal judge, making his plea for leniency for his role in the Blagojevich case.

CBS Chicago–03/08/2012

Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich (L) addresses the media while wife Patti Blagojevich holds back tears at the Dirksen Federal Building after he was sentenced to 14 years in prison. (Credit: Frank Polich/Getty Images)

Blagojevich To Make Public Statement Before Going To Prison

Time is ticking away for deposed Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who is now spending his final week at his family’s home in the Ravenswood Manor neighborhood before he must report for his 14-year prison term.

CBS Chicago–03/07/2012

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

Judge Orders Nearly $22K Seized From Blagojevich’s Pension

Exactly two weeks before former Gov. Rod Blagojevich is scheduled to report to prison, a federal judge has ordered that nearly $22,000 be seized from Blagojevich’s state pension fund to pay off the fines and penalties that were part of his sentence on corruption charges.

CBS Chicago–03/01/2012

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

Report: Blagojevich To Serve Sentence In Colorado

It’s official. Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich will serve his 14-year prison sentence at the Colorado facility he had requested.

CBS Chicago–02/14/2012

Rod Blagojevich

Blagojevich’s Lawyers File Notice Of Appeal

Rod Blagojevich’s defense attorneys have officially taken the first step toward an appeal of the former governor’s conviction on 18 corruption counts.

CBS Chicago–12/20/2011

Connie Wilson, forewoman of the jury that convicted former Gov. Rod Blagojevich of 17 corruption counts, discusses the 14-year prison sentence he received on Dec. 7, 2011. (Credit: CBS)

Blagojevich Lawyers To Ask For New Trial, Claim Juror Broke Rules

Lawyers for former Gov. Rod Blagojevich will be back in court on Monday to ask for a new trial, claiming misconduct by the forewoman from the jury that convicted him of 17 corruption counts.

CBS Chicago–12/18/2011

Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich (L) addresses the media while wife Patti Blagojevich holds back tears at the Dirksen Federal Building after he was sentenced to 14 years in prison. (Credit: Frank Polich/Getty Images)

Lawyer Asks Judge To Endorse Blagojevich For Rehab

Rod Blagojevich’s attorneys have asked to have him placed in a drug and alcohol abuse program when he starts his 14-year prison sentence for corruption, though they aren’t saying if the former Illinois governor has a problem or if it’s a legal move.


Rod Blagojevich

Blagojevich Wins An Extra Month Before Going To Prison

Deposed Gov. Rod Blagojevich has won an extra 30 days before he will have to report to prison.

CBS Chicago–12/13/2011

U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.) talks to reporters on Dec. 8, 2011, about the sentencing of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich a day earlier. Blagojevich was convicted of trying to get $1.5 million in campaign cash from Jackson supporters in exchange for appointing Jackson to the U.S. Senate. Jackson has denied directing anyone to offer Blagojevich campaign cash. (Credit: CBS)

Jackson On Blagojevich Sentence: ‘Sad Day For Illinois’

U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.) was speaking out for the first time on Thursday about the 14-year sentence handed down to former Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

CBS Chicago–12/08/2011

Rod Blagojevich

Madigan: Blagojevich Should Lose His Pension

A day after he was sentenced to 14 years in prison, disgraced former Gov. Rod Blagojevich got more bad news when Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan issued a legal opinion that he shouldn’t collect his state pension.

CBS Chicago–12/08/2011

Robert Blagojevich discusses the 14-year prison sentence that his brother, former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, is facing. (Credit: CBS)

Robert Blagojevich: Rod Is “Holding Up Very Well”

Rod Blagojevich’s brother, Robert, said the former governor was “holding up very well” on Thursday, a day after a federal judge sentenced him to 14 years in prison for his convictions on 18 fraud charges.

CBS Chicago–12/08/2011

Gov. Pat Quinn (Credit: CBS)

Illinois Pols React To Blago’s Sentence: ‘Tough, But Fair’

Illinois politicians were quick to weigh in after former Gov. Rod Blagojevich was sentenced to 14 years in prison on Wednesday for his corruption convictions, largely saying they hope it puts an end to corruption in the governor’s office.

CBS Chicago–12/07/2011