Rod Blagojevich

Robert Blagojevich, the brother of former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, speaks to the media after Rod's defense rested their case at the trial July 21, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. Blagojevich faces charges related to his work as a fundraiser for the former governor. His brother has been charged with corruption including accusations of trying to sell the U.S. Senate seat vacated by President Barack Obama after Obama's November 2008 election.  (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Robert Blagojevich ‘Was Angry’ At Rod During Trial, But Blames Feds For ‘Very Stressful’ Ordeal

Robert Blagojevich said he has written to his brother in prison, and even tried to visit the former governor as he serves his 14-year sentence in Colorado, but Rod Blagojevich has refused to see his older brother, or respond to written letters. Though the two remain estranged, Robert said he hopes to reconnect with his brother.

04/01/2015

Pilgrim Baptist Church burned to the ground on Jan. 6, 2006, after workers performing repairs accidentally sparked a fire. (Credit: CBS)

Community Asks: Why Hasn’t Historic South Side Church Been Rebuilt?

Pilgrim Baptist Church was destroyed by a fire nine years ago and has never been rebuilt, despite promises and financial pledges. CBS 2’s Dorothy Tucker reports.

01/22/2015

Blagojevich Leaves

Rare For Illinois: No Federal Scandal As Governor Leaves Office

For the first time in this millennium, a governor in Illinois has left office not under a cloud of a federal corruption investigation.

01/13/2015

Robert Blagojevich, the brother of former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, speaks to the press following a verdict at his corruption trial August 17, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. The jury deadlocked on all four felony counts against Robert, and prosecutors later dropped all charges. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Robert Blagojevich: Feds Used Me As ‘Pawn’ To Get Rod

The brother of imprisoned former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich says in a new book that prosecutors tried to use him as a pawn to get his sibling on charges that he attempted to sell President Obama’s old Senate seat. Robert Blagojevich’s publisher gave The Associated Press an advance copy of the book, set for an April release.

12/22/2014

Patti Blagojevich (File Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Six Years After Husband’s Arrest, Patti Blagojevich ‘Feeling Frustrated’

On the sixth anniversary of ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s arrest, former Illinois First Lady Patti Blagojevich told her Facebook friends that she is feeling frustrated over her husband’s conviction and subsequent incarceration.

12/09/2014

Former U.S. Sen. Roland Burris (D-Ill.) (Credit: Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images)

Defense Attorneys Want To Air Reputed Kickback Claims About Ex-Sen. Burris

An Illinois Democrat appointed by disgraced former Gov. Rod Blagojevich to a U.S. Senate in 2008 has become an issue in the lead-up to a federal trial in Chicago, with defense attorneys claiming Roland Burris was once accused of seeking to extort a business.

09/26/2014

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

Federal Prosecutors Say Blagojevich Attorneys Misread Ruling

Prosecutors responding to a new argument in Rod Blagojevich’s appeal say the former governor’s lawyers have misrepresented a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in another case.

07/18/2014

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 Files New Argument In Appeal

Rod Blagojevich’s lawyers have submitted an additional argument on why an appeals court in Chicago should overturn the convictions of the imprisoned former governor.

07/16/2014

Ex-Illinois Governor George Ryan. (Credit: CBS)

George Ryan Discusses Willis Family, His Future

Eight years after his conviction on corruption charges, former Governor George Ryan is now completely free reports his period of probation has ended and he no longer has any restrictions on his life.

07/02/2014

Antoin 'Tony' Rezko

Former Rezko Partner Gets Probation For Stealing $500K From Mother

Daniel Mahru helped the feds convict both political fundraiser and former business partner Tony Rezko and former Illinois Finance Agency chief Ali Ata after prosecutors learned in 2005 that he’d taken money from his mother while she suffered from dementia.

05/02/2014

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)

Unplayed Blagojevich Tapes Added To Record, Will Stay Sealed

The U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals has confirmed that transcripts of FBI wiretaps not played at Rod Blagojevich’s corruption trials have been made part of the official appellate record.

03/12/2014

Raghuveer Nayak,‘ a former campaign fundraiser for U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.), who was also a key figure in the Rod Blagojevich scandal, leaves the Dirksen Federal Building Wednesday, June 20, 2012 after a court hearing. | Rich Hein~Sun-Times

Former Blago, Jackson Fundraiser Gets 2 Years

Raghuveer Nayak had previously pleaded guilty to federal health-care fraud charges, and faced up to 23 years in prison. On Monday he apologized before he was sentenced, asking the judge to have mercy on him and his family.

02/10/2014

Gov. Pat Quinn (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Gov. Quinn Says He’s Worked To ‘Rebuild Illinois’

Gov. Pat Quinn focused on ways to create jobs and trumpeted his accomplishments with election-year flair Wednesday in an annual speech that fell on the five-year anniversary of when lawmakers booted his predecessor, now imprisoned ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich, from office.

01/29/2014

Raghuveer Nayak,‘ a former campaign fundraiser for U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.), who was also a key figure in the Rod Blagojevich scandal, leaves the Dirksen Federal Building Wednesday, June 20, 2012 after a court hearing. | Rich Hein~Sun-Times

Jackson Fundraiser To Be Sentenced In Unrelated Bribery Case

A Chicago-area businessman convicted of bribery is scheduled to be sentenced, and a federal judge may consider the man’s alleged role in the scandal involving former Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

01/22/2014

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)

Court Panel Hears Blagojevich Case Appeal

U.S. appeals court judges considering an appeal by imprisoned former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich focused their questions during oral arguments Friday on what constitutes run-of-the-mill politics and what crosses into political corruption.

12/13/2013

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)

Blagojevich Appeal Hearing Focuses On What’s Legal Politics

Blagojevich’s attorneys want the court to toss his corruption convictions or at least agree to slash years off his 14-year prison term, which is one of the longest ever imposed for political corruption in a state where four of the last seven governors have ended up in prison.

12/13/2013

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

Blagojevich Defense Team Files Final Brief On Appeal

Rod Blagojevich’s lawyers laid out a final set of arguments in writing before they step before appellate judges next week to argue that the imprisoned ex-governor deserves a new trial.

12/03/2013

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)

Prosecutors File Response To Blagojevich Appeal

Prosecutors have responded to Rod Blagojevich’s appeal of his corruption conviction, challenging the notion that the behavior that landed the disgraced former Illinois governor behind bars was run-of-the-mill political horse-trading.

11/13/2013

Raghuveer Nayak,‘ a former campaign fundraiser for U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.), who was also a key figure in the Rod Blagojevich scandal, leaves the Dirksen Federal Building Wednesday, June 20, 2012 after a court hearing. | Rich Hein~Sun-Times

Blagojevich, Jackson Fundraiser To Plead Guilty In Fraud Case

A former fundraiser for ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich and former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. has agreed to plead guilty to health care fraud charges unrelated to his ties to the two disgraced politicians.

09/20/2013

Aaron Goldstein is running for Illinois state representative. (CBS)

Blagojevich Attorney Makes Bid For Deb Mell’s Old House Seat

Followers of the Rod Blagojevich saga would recognize the name and face. Now, Aaron Goldstein, the convicted ex-governor’s defense attorney, wants to make the jump from law into politics.

09/03/2013

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