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Rod Blagojevich

Fundraiser Describes Offer Of Cash For Blago To Pick Jesse Jackson Jr.

An Indian-American businessman testified Wednesday that he approached Rod Blagojevich’s brother in October 2008 with an offer of campaign cash in exchange for naming Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. to the U.S. Senate seat that would soon be vacated by Barack Obama.

CBS Chicago–05/11/2011

Rod Blagojevich

Tapes Reveal Thanks From White House Not Enough For Blagojevich

When Rod Blagojevich learned in late 2008 that all he would get from the Obama administration was thanks and appreciation for appointing a friend President-elect Barack Obama to the U.S. Senate, he had two simple words for the White House: “F*** them.”

CBS Chicago–05/04/2011

Rod Blagojevich

Former Aide Testifies About Blagojevich’s Senate Seat Schemes

A former top aide to Rod Blagojevich testified on Tuesday that the deposed governor asked him what he could get for himself in exchange for appointing a U.S. Senator about a month before Barack Obama was elected president in 2008 and vacated his Senate seat.

CBS Chicago–05/03/2011

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)

Prosecutor To Jurors: Blagojevich ‘Sold Out’ Illinoisans

Federal prosecutors said Monday that Rod Blagojevich “sold out” the trust of Illinois voters by repeatedly trying to line his own pockets through his power as governor, but – borrowing from Shakespeare – the former governor’s lawyer said the government’s case was “a tale of sound and fury, signifying nothing.”

CBS Chicago–05/02/2011

Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich speaks about his corruption retrial at his home on April 16, 2011 in Chicago. Blagojevich who was convicted of one count of lying to the FBI in his original trial, faces 20 federal counts at his second trial, including allegations that he tried to sell or trade President Barack Obama's former Senate seat. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

Blagojevich Judge: Opening Statements Could Begin Monday

The judge in the retrial of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich said Tuesday that it appears opening statements could begin on Monday, while attorneys wrap up jury selection this week.

CBS Chicago–04/26/2011

Rod Blagojevich

Potential Blagojevich Jurors Worried About Impact Of Long Trial

As former Gov. Rod Blagojevich sat through the second day of jury selection for his retrial on federal corruption charges, many prospective jurors were expressing concern that serving on an extended trial could cost them their jobs, or in some cases, their homes.

CBS Chicago–04/25/2011

Rod Blagojevich

Blagojevich Proclaims Innocence As He Heads To Court

Deposed Gov. Rod Blagojevich took another chance to proclaim his innocence Thursday morning, as he headed to court for jury selection in his retrial.

CBS Chicago–04/21/2011

Rod Blagojevich

Quiet Start To Second Blagojevich Trial

In stark contrast to the first trial, the first day of former Rod. Blagojevich’s retrial started quietly on Wednesday at the Dirksen Federal Building, with all of the action taking place behind closed doors.

CBS Chicago–04/20/2011

Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich speaks about his corruption retrial at his home on April 16, 2011 in Chicago. Blagojevich who was convicted of one count of lying to the FBI in his original trial, faces 20 federal counts at his second trial, including allegations that he tried to sell or trade President Barack Obama's former Senate seat. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

Judge Cautions Blagojevich About Media Interviews

Federal prosecutors accused Rod Blagojevich of “out-and-out fabrications” in recent media interviews, prompting the judge to advise the former governor “to restrain himself.”

CBS Chicago–04/18/2011

Rod Blagojevich

New Defense Motion In Blagojevich Trial

Deposed Gov. Rod Blagojevich won’t say whether he intends to testify at his re-trial, which begins in just over two weeks.

CBS Chicago–04/04/2011

George Ryan

Tapes Released From Ryan’s Prison Deposition

Imprisoned former Gov. George Ryan was confident, combative and sometimes funny during a deposition in prison a year ago.

CBS Chicago–03/22/2011

Rod Blagojevich

Judge Won’t Rule On Blagojevich’s Motion To Cancel Trial

A judge said Monday that he does not believe a motion by deposed Gov. Rod Blagojevich to call off his retrial is serious, and so he declined to rule formally on it.

CBS Chicago–03/21/2011

Rod Blagojevich

Blagojevich Returns To Radio Airwaves

Deposed Gov. Rod Blagojevich hit the radio again this morning, for the first time since last year.

CBS Chicago–03/16/2011

Wisconsin State Assembly Democrats

Wis. Lawmakers Strip Public Workers Of Bargaining Rights

Wisconsin lawmakers have approved a controversial measure to strip nearly all collective bargaining rights from the state’s public employees and Gov. Scott Walker says he’ll sign it as soon as possible.

CBS Chicago–03/10/2011

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie

N.J. Governor Calls Quinn ‘A Disaster’

A war of words between Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has heated up, as Christie called Quinn “a disaster” and Quinn’s office criticized New Jersey’s dismal record of creating jobs.

CBS Chicago–03/04/2011

Rod Blagojevich

Blagojevich Seeks To Leave Country For Oxford Debate

Deposed Gov. Rod Blagojevich has asked a judge if he may leave the country before the start of his second trial next month.

CBS Chicago–03/04/2011

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker

Walker To Present Budget In Wisconsin

Democratic Wisconsin senators are still hiding out in Illinois, as Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker prepares to present a budget that strips collective bargaining rights from most public employees.

CBS Chicago–03/01/2011

Prosecutors Move To Drop Some Charges vs. Blagojevich

Federal prosecutors are moving for the dismissal of several charges against deposed Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

CBS Chicago–02/23/2011

Rod Blagojevich

Blagojevich Attorneys Want Wiretap Evidence Tossed

Attorneys for deposed Gov. Rod Blagojevich will ask a judge today to toss out FBI wiretap evidence in the governor’s retrial, including the most infamous wiretap of all.

CBS Chicago–02/21/2011

Blagojevich Attorneys: Lift Seal On Evidence

A new early-morning motion was filed today by attorneys for deposed Gov. Rod Blagojevich, asking to have a court-ordered seal on all evidence lifted.

CBS Chicago–02/17/2011

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