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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

Robert Blagojevich discusses the 14-year prison sentence that his brother, former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, is facing. (Credit: CBS)

Blagojevich’s Brother To Testify Before Congress About Selling Senate Seat

As deposed governor Rod Blagojevich serves his 14-year sentence on convictions that included trying to sell a U.S. Senate seat, his brother is headed to Washington to talk about who he claims offered to buy it.

CBS Chicago–04/13/2012

U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., D-Chicago, meets with reporters. (CBS File Photo)

Rep. Jackson Expects To Be Cleared In Ethics Probe

U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. is predicting he’ll be “vindicated” by an ethics investigation into whether he or someone on his behalf offered to raise funds for ex-Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich in return for an appointment to President Barack Obama’s vacated Senate seat.

10/30/2011

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

Rod Blagojevich

Blago On Tape: ‘It’s Very Important For Me To Make A Lot Of Money’

As federal prosecutors continued to focus on allegations that Rod Blagojevich was trying to sell or trade an appointment to the U.S. Senate, jurors in his retrial heard the former governor saying “it’s very important for me to make a lot of money.”

CBS Chicago–05/05/2011

Rod Blagojevich and U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.

Ethics Panel Delays Jackson Jr. Probe Again

The House ethics committee has agreed to hold off on its investigation into whether U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. was involved in former Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s alleged attempt to sell a Senate seat.

CBS Chicago–11/16/2010

Senator-Elect Mark Kirk Greeted Voters Wednesday At The Ogilvie Transportation Center. (Bernie Tafoya/WBBM Photo)

Republican Mark Kirk Defeats Giannoulias In Senate Race

Republican Mark Kirk has won the race for the U.S. Senate seat, according to the Associated Press.

11/02/2010

Illinois U.S. Senate candidates Republican Mark Kirk, left, and Democrat Alexi Giannoulias are seen before a televised debate.  (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Harsh Words, Old Accusations In Senate Debate

Civility is a thing of the past in the race for President Barack Obama’s former U.S. Senate seat.

10/27/2010

Rod Blagojevich

Blagojevich Attorneys Granted More Time For Trial

A judge on Friday granted a request to delay former Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s retrial until April 20.

CBS Chicago–10/22/2010