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  • Prison job, tedium await Blagojevich

    Convicted former Gov. Rod Blagojevich left his home early today for a trip that will end at a federal prison in Colorado, the latest chapter in a stunning downfall of …


  • Blagojevich gets 14 years in prison for corruption

    Rod Blagojevich, the ousted Illinois governor whose three-year battle against criminal charges became a national spectacle, was sentenced to 14 years in prison today, one of the stiffest penalties imposed …


  • Rod Blagojevich sentencing hearing begins

    Two trials and almost exactly three years after being arrested, Illinois’ ousted governor Rod Blagojevich soon will learn his punishment for corruption convictions that include trying to sell or trade …


  • Jury convicts ex-Ill. Gov. Blagojevich at retrial

    A jury has convicted Rod Blagojevich of trying to sell or trade President Barack Obama’s old Senate seat and other corruption charges.


  • Closing arguments in Blagojevich trial

    CHICAGO – Two portraits of Illinois’ disgraced former governor emerged Tuesday from his corruption trial: An insecure bumbler who talked too much and a greedy, smart political schemer determined to …


  • Blagojevich case detailed in document

    CHICAGO – Federal prosecutors’ latest portrait of Rod Blagojevich in his final days as Illinois governor reveal a man fed up with his $177,000-a-year job, desperate for cash and seeing …


  • Blagojevich book blames prosecutor for his downfall

    CHICAGO – Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich blames overzealous prosecutors and political enemies for his downfall in a new book that offers glimpses of both his rocky six-year tenure and his …


  • Burris discussed Senate seat with Blagojevich’s brother

    CHICAGO – Sen. Roland Burris, D-Ill., can be heard on an FBI audio recording promising to make a campaign contribution to then-Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich at the same time he …


  • Court ruling curtails Blagojevich’s TV career

    CHICAGO – A federal judge on Tuesday denied former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s bid to join a reality TV show in Costa Rica and told him it’s time he focus …


  • Federal grand jury indicts Blagojevich

    CHICAGO – A federal grand jury charged former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich on Thursday with racketeering, extortion and fraud, opening a new chapter in the prosecution of the voluble Democrat …


  • Democrats back away from Burris

    CHICAGO – U.S. Sen. Roland Burris’ failure to fully disclose his ties to former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich has put his future in the Senate “in question,” U.S. Sen. Dick …


  • Burris admits new Blagojevich link

    CHICAGO – In the latest in a series of shifting accounts of his conduct, Sen. Roland Burris, D-Ill., told reporters that he tried to raise money for former Gov. Rod …


  • Lawmakers call on Burris to step down

    CHICAGO – Just as Illinois was moving past the agony and embarrassment of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s ousting, the fellow Democrat whom Blagojevich appointed to the U.S. Senate was hearing …


  • Embattled Blagojevich gets the boot

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – The state senators stood one by one in a hushed chamber Thursday to call Democratic Gov. Rod Blagojevich a liar and a hypocrite who put his ego …


  • Blagojevich hits TV as trial begins

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s impeachment trial opened Monday with a vacant chair reserved for the governor, who boycotted the proceedings and spent the day on the TV talk-show …


  • Blagojevich trial will proceed without him

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – If there’s such a thing as a “normal” impeachment trial, the one that starts today in Illinois doesn’t qualify. The defendant, Gov. Rod Blagojevich, won’t participate. He’ll …


  • Lawyer urges panel to subpoena Obama staff

    CHICAGO – In a move intended to force public testimony from President-elect Barack Obama’s inner circle, a lawyer for Gov. Rod Blagojevich has asked the legislative panel considering impeachment of …


  • Report clears contact with Blagojevich

    WASHINGTON – White House Chief of Staff-designate Rahm Emanuel spoke “one or two” times with Illinois Democratic Gov. Rod Blagojevich and “about four” times with the governor’s chief of staff …


  • Froma Harrop: N.Y. process parallels Illinois scandal

    Suppose in 2002 the Kennedys (or another “political dynasty”) had a son or daughter or cousin they wanted to slip into Illinois’ contested U.S. Senate seat. You know the arguments: …


  • Republicans press for special election

    Illinois Republicans have launched a political ad campaign demanding a special election to fill the Senate vacancy that Gov. Rod Blagojevich allegedly tried to sell, hoping to pick up a …


  • Illinois House takes step to oust Blagojevich

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Illinois lawmakers took the first step Monday toward removing Gov. Rod Blagojevich from office by launching an impeachment probe, as the disgraced Democrat hired a bulldog defense …

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