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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

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)

Jurors See Different Side Of Blagojevich At Sentencing

Members of the jury that convicted Rod Blagojevich of 17 corruption counts this past summer said they saw a very different man in court on Wednesday from the cocky, glad-handing politician they watched for more nearly two months at his trial.

CBS Chicago–12/07/2011

Rod and Patti Blagojevich enter their home after the former governor was sentenced to 14 years in prison. (Credit: Getty Images)

Rod Blagojevich Sentenced To 14 Years In Prison

Ousted Gov. Rod Blagojevich was sentenced to 14 years in prison on Wednesday, after apologizing for making “terrible mistakes,” capping a nearly three-year saga for Illinois.

CBS Chicago–12/07/2011

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After Judge Deals Setback, Blagojevich Lawyers Make Impassioned Plea For Mercy

After being dealt an early setback from the judge hearing his case, defense attorneys for former Gov. Rod Blagojevich made an impassioned plea for mercy at his sentencing hearing, drawing on his family’s own words about the devastating impact a long sentence would have on them.

CBS Chicago–12/06/2011

Rod Blagojevich outside his home on Tuesday, June 28, 2011 (CBS)

Prosecutors: Blagojevich Trying To Dodge Responsibility

One day before Rod Blagojevich’s sentencing hearing was set to begin, federal prosecutors reasserted that the former governor has never accepted responsibility for his crimes and urged the judge to reject Blagojevich’s push for leniency.

CBS Chicago–12/05/2011

Rod Blagojevich and his wife Patti arrive at the federal courthouse where opening remarks were delivered at his corruption retrial on May 2, 2011. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Quiet Weekend For Blagojevich Ahead Of Sentencing

It’s a quiet weekend for convicted ex-governor Rod Blagojevich and his family, just days before his sentencing hearing.

CBS Chicago–12/04/2011

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Feds Want 15-20 Year Sentence For Blago; Defense Seeks Much Less

Federal prosecutors intend to ask a federal judge to sentence former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich to a 15- to 20-year prison term. But defense attorneys are seeking a much lighter sentence, arguing Blagojevich never profited from the crimes on which he was convicted and caused no public harm.

CBS Chicago–11/30/2011

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Judge Rips Blago’s Bid To Play New Tapes At Sentencing

The federal judge who will sentence impeached Gov. Rod Blagojevich on corruption charges has harsh words for one of the former governor’s latest legal moves.

11/28/2011

Rod Blagojevich

Blagojevich Wants To Play New Tapes At Sentencing

Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich is asking to play wiretap recordings that were previously placed under seal when he’s sentenced next month.

CBS Chicago–11/25/2011

Antoin 'Tony' Rezko

Political Fundraiser Rezko Gets 10 1/2 Years

Antoin “Tony” Rezko, a top adviser and fundraiser for deposed Gov. Rod Blagojevich, has been sentenced to 10 1/2 in prison, a full three years after he was convicted on corruption charges.

CBS Chicago–11/22/2011

Rod Blagojevich

Blagojevich Sentencing Set For December

Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s sentencing hearing has been scheduled for next month.

CBS Chicago–11/07/2011

Rod Blagojevich

Supreme Court Suspends Blagojevich’s Law License

The Illinois Supreme Court has suspended former Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s law license “until further notice.”

CBS Chicago–10/26/2011

Rod Blagojevich

Blagojevich Sentencing Hearing Delayed

Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s sentencing hearing – originally set for next week – has been delayed indefinitely.

CBS Chicago–09/26/2011

Rod Blagojevich

Feds: Rod Blagojevich Could Get 30 Years To Life In Prison

Prosecutors are apparently looking to throw the book at convicted former Gov. Rod Blagojevich – they are estimating that he could get 30 years to life in prison.

CBS Chicago–09/14/2011

Former Illinois Governor George Ryan speaks to the news media at the federal courthouse following a verdict of guilty on all counts in his corruption trial April 17, 2006  (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Panel Rejects Former Gov. Ryan’s Latest Appeal

An appeals panel has turned down former Gov. George Ryan’s bid to have his conviction overturned, just nine days after he lost his wife to lung cancer.

CBS Chicago–07/06/2011

Rod Blagojevich speaks after his conviction. (CBS)

Blagojevich Defense Appears To Be Working Toward Appeal

Rod Blagojevich’s defense team appears to have taken its first steps toward filing an appeal of his conviction on 17 corruption counts last month.

CBS Chicago–07/05/2011

Lura Lynn Ryan

Lura Lynn Ryan Laid To Rest At Private Ceremony

Lura Lynn Ryan, the wife of imprisoned former Gov. George Ryan was buried on Tuesday at a private service and Ryan’s lawyer said the former governor was not there.

CBS Chicago–06/29/2011

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