Rod Blagojevich

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

Stuart Levine, flanked by his attorneys, leaves the Dirksen Federal Courthouse (CBS File Photo)

New Play Tells Sordid Tale Of Convicted Politial Insider Stuart Levine

The rise and fall of one of a key Illinois political insider and power broker now behind bars on corruption charges is the basis for a new theater production in Chicago this fall.

WBBM Newsradio–09/03/2013

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)

Blagojevich Appeals Conviction, 14-Year Sentence

Lawyers for Rod Blagojevich filed an appeal just before a midnight deadline Monday that challenges the imprisoned former Illinois governor’s corruption conviction and 14-year prison term, including on grounds the trial judge allegedly committed a litany of errors.

07/16/2013

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)

Judge Ends Ex-Blagojevich Aide’s Probation Early

Rod Blagojevich’s ex-chief of staff is free and clear of the justice system after a federal judge in Chicago ended his two-year probation period early.

04/25/2013

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)

Patti Blagojevich: Rod’s Year In Prison Has Left ‘Aching Hole In Our Lives’

Patti Blagojevich marked the first year of her husband Rod Blagojevich’s first year in prison by posting a message to the former governor’s supporters on her Facebook page.

03/15/2013

Blagojevich Leaves

Blagojevich Approaches First Year Behind Bars

At last report from his attorneys, Blagojevich was about to begin working in the prison library last November, after starting out washing dishes like any other new inmate.

CBS Chicago–03/14/2013

Illinois State Capitol

SEC Charges State With Securities Fraud Dating From Blagojevich Era

Illinois broke federal securities laws in misstating the true health of its depleted pension funds when going out onto the bond market between 2005 and early 2009, the Securities and Exchange Commission announced Monday.

03/11/2013

Former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. leaves the federal courthouse in Washington, D.C., after pleading guilty to misusing $750,000 in campaign funds on personal purchases. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Publicist: Jackson Memoir Could Be Tough Sell; ‘He’s Tainted’

Former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. is reportedly writing a memoir in an effort to clean up his image, but the publicist who helped another disgraced Illinois politician get a book deal said Jackson’s book could be a tough sell.

CBS Chicago–02/27/2013

Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. (D-IL) (Photo credit: KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)

Opinion: Scandals Outweigh Obama’s Reelection In Chicago

It’s almost to the point that the easiest way to spot a corrupt politician is to see who’s winning in Chicago.

11/14/2012

Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich (center, blue sport coat) arrives at FCI Englewood, the federal prison in Littleton, Colo., to begin his 14-year sentence for corruption charges. (Credit: CBS)

Blagojevich To Start Working In Prison Library

Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich has headed from the kitchen to the library at the federal prison in suburban Denver, as he continues his 14-year sentence for corruption charges.

WBBM Newsradio–11/10/2012

Rod Blagojevich

Attorneys Think Blagojevich’s Sentence Will Be Reversed On Appeal

Attorneys in the first trial of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich still keep in touch with him, and think his sentence will be reversed on appeal if the case ever gets there.

CBS Chicago–09/14/2012

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

Patti Blagojevich: Anniversary E-Mail From Rod Better Than Flowers

Patti Blagojevich says she got an anniversary gift better than flowers from her imprisoned husband.

08/27/2012

Blagojevich Leaves

New Book Details New, Bizarre Stories About Blagojevich

The saga of Rod Blagojevich involved no shortage of the bizarre and the tawdry, but a book about the deposed and imprisoned governor set for release next month may top it all yet again.

CBS Chicago–08/09/2012

Stuart Levine, flanked by his attorneys, leaves the Dirksen Federal Courthouse (CBS File Photo)

Blagojevich Insider Stuart Levine Sentenced To 51/2 Years In Prison

A political insider who became one of the government’s key witnesses in the corruption investigation of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s administration was sentenced Thursday to 5 1/2 years in prison.

07/19/2012

Springfield businessman William Cellini has been nicknamed both "The King of Clout" and "The Pope" for his significant influence in Illinois politics. (AP File Photo)

Cellini Sentencing Hearing Delayed Again

A federal judge agreed to delay the sentencing of a onetime Springfield powerbroker with ties to former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich for a second time Wednesday because of health issues.

07/18/2012

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