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Rod Blagojevich

BGA: Expect A Lengthy Sentence For Blagojevich

The Better Government Association thinks federal prosecutors will win the hefty sentence they are seeking for deposed Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

CBS Chicago–12/05/2011

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

Observer: Blagojevich Will Never Say ‘I’m Sorry’

A trial observer says the only thing deposed Gov. Rod Blagojevich could say to help his cause during his sentencing hearing this week is, “I’m sorry.”

CBS Chicago–12/05/2011

Antoin 'Tony' Rezko

Fundraiser Rezko Asks To Be Sentenced To Time Served

Political fundraiser Antoin “Tony” Rezko was convicted on corruption charges more than three years ago, but still hasn’t been sentenced and has been in jail ever since.

CBS Chicago–11/04/2011

Rod Blagojevich

State Lawmaker Wants To Keep Blagojevich From Collecting Pension

On Dec. 10, deposed Gov. Blagojevich will turn 55, and that means he can start collecting his state pension.

CBS Chicago–10/26/2011

Rod Blagojevich

Move Afoot To Suspend Blagojevich’s Law License

Deposed Gov. Rod Blagojevich has suffered another indignity. A move is now afoot to suspend his license to practice law.

CBS Chicago–09/29/2011

The Exposition Building on the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield, Ill. (Photo Credit: Illinois Department of Agriculture)

Montana Gov. Joins Illinois Dems At State Fair

A voice from the West fired up Illinois Democrats on their day at the Illinois State Fair on Wednesday.

WBBM Newsradio–08/17/2011

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

Sentencing Coming In October For Blagojevich

A federal judge has set a tentative sentencing date of Oct. 6 for ousted Gov. Rod Blagojevich, following his conviction on 17 corruption counts at this summer’s retrial and one count of lying to the FBI at his first trial last year.

CBS Chicago–08/01/2011

Rod Blagojevich

Blagojevich Files Appeal, Says Judge Favored Prosecutors

In a move that was fully expected, deposed Gov. Rod Blagojevich is filing an appeal to overturn his conviction on corruption charges.

CBS Chicago–07/26/2011

Rod Blagojevich

For Sale: Blagojevich Home; Judge Sets $450,000 Bond

A judge set bond at $450,000 for convicted former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who was warned he could lose his home if he violates the agreement.

CBS Chicago–07/15/2011

Maya Moody

Juror Relieved That Blagojevich Trial Is Over

Some of the jurors in the Blagojevich trial have been expressing relief, with the opportunity finally to put their lives back together after three weeks of deliberation.

CBS 2–06/29/2011

Lura Lynn Ryan

Former Gov. George Ryan Was With Wife When She Died

Imprisoned former Gov. George Ryan got to spend a few hours with his wife before she lost her battle with lung cancer Monday night.

CBS Chicago–06/28/2011

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

Once-Proud Blagojevich Faces Life As A Convict

Deposed Gov. Rod Blagojevich was solemn and philosophical Monday morning, as he faced the reality of a serious prison term looming after being found guilty of 17 charges.

CBS Chicago–06/28/2011

Rod Blagojevich

Blago Jury Finishes First Day Of Deliberation; Judge Rejects Mistrial Motion

The federal jury in Rod Blagojevich’s corruption trial officially went home Friday afternoon after beginning to deliberate the deposed governor’s fate.

CBS Chicago–06/10/2011

Rod Blagojevich

Closing Arguments Completed In Blagojevich Trial

Rod Blagojevich’s defense attorney delivered a passionate closing argument on Thursday, saying prosecutors had proven nothing criminal and that the government wanted the jury to be nothing more than a “rubber stamp” for their case against the former governor.

CBS Chicago–06/09/2011

Rod Blagojevich

Prosecutors Begin Cross-Examining Blagojevich, Call Him A Liar

Federal prosecutors wasted no time painting Rod Blagojevich as a habitual liar on Thursday as they began cross examining the former governor at his corruption retrial on Thursday.

CBS Chicago–06/02/2011

Rod Blagojevich

Blagojevich Confronts ‘Golden’ Comment On Senate Seat

Sounding nervous and hesitant, former Gov. Rod Blagojevich on Wednesday tried to explain his most notorious comment caught on FBI wiretaps in his corruption case, but told his defense attorney he was “afraid” to do so.

CBS Chicago–06/01/2011

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)

Ex-Governor Ryan Seeks Release From Prison

George Ryan’s lawyers went before a federal appeals court in Chicago, arguing once again for the former governor’s release from prison.


Rod Blagojevich

Blagojevich Takes Stand In His Own Defense

Rod Blagojevich has begun defending himself against various shakedown allegations at his corruption retrial, although it took him a few hours to begin directly addressing the charges against him on Thursday.

CBS Chicago–05/26/2011

Rod Blagojevich

Prosecution Rests, Blago’s Defense To Begin Presenting Case Monday

After federal prosecutors rested their case against former Gov. Rod Blagojevich on Thursday, defense attorneys told the judge they plan to begin calling witnesses next week.

CBS Chicago–05/19/2011

Alonzo Monk, Rod Blagojevich

Blago’s Pal Monk Admits Helping With Shakedown Scheme

Rod Blagojevich’s college roommate and first chief of staff as governor testified Tuesday that he helped the governor try to shake down a racetrack owner for campaign cash in exchange for signing legislation to help the horse racing industry.

CBS Chicago–05/17/2011