| Apr 19, 2010
| 6:33 PM
A little more than six weeks before former Gov. Rod Blagojevich is to stand trial on corruption charges in federal court, prosecutors on Monday sought to put limits on the kinds of arguments his defense team can make once the proceedings get under way....
| Jul 15, 2010
Over the six weeks that prosecutors laid out their case against Rod Blagojevich, witnesses and secret wiretaps portrayed the former governor as extravagant, obsessed with his own looks and image, a lousy steward of his family finances, near-delusional...
| Jul 16, 2010
They helped Rod Blagojevich ascend to the top of state government, and they cooperated with federal agents in bringing him down.
In between, the three former confidants made lucrative careers for themselves by trading on their access to the Democratic...
| Mar 8, 2011
| 1:32 PM
A politically connected construction company executive who was already facing prison for tax evasion pleaded guilty today to a separate fraud charge and was sentenced to probation.
Robert Blum, 58, chief executive officer of Markham-based Castle...
| Apr 28, 2011
| 1:49 PM
Questioning of prospective jurors has concluded in the retrial of Rod Blagojevich, but U.S. District Judge James Zagel is giving the lawyers the weekend to mull their cuts before 12 jurors and six alternates are picked.
Three more made it past the...
| Jun 9, 2011
| 3:37 PM
The fate of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich is in the hands of a federal jury at his corruption retrial.
U. S. District Court Judge James Zagel instructed jurors on the law following closing arguments by the lawyers and then sent them from the courtroom...
| Jul 2, 2011
As a candidate and as governor, Rod Blagojevich loved to toss around the word "corrupt" as he heaped scorn on the business-as-usual nature of Illinois politics. So his reaction to the 2006 conviction of his predecessor, George Ryan, was totally in...
| May 12, 2011
| 3:54 PM
As he did at Rod Blagojevich’s first trial last summer, lobbyist John Wyma testified this afternoon that he decided to go to federal authorities after he grew concerned about fundraising practices at the then-governor’s campaign office in...
| Oct 13, 2011
| 9:18 PM
For days, jurors have heard how Springfield power broker William Cellini's formidable reach and connections in Illinois politics spanned the decades and earned him millions of dollars.
On Thursday, they finally listened to details about the alleged...
| Oct 13, 2011
| 5:28 AM
Stuart Levine, a flawed political insider whose cooperation helped take down the Blagojevich administration, returns to the witness stand today to testify about more backroom criminal deals.
Levine is the star witness against Springfield power broker...
| Oct 12, 2011
| 7:25 PM
Stuart Levine, a flawed political insider whose cooperation helped take down the Blagojevich administration, returned to the Dirksen U.S. Courthouse on Wednesday to tell of more backroom criminal deals.
Levine is the star witness againstSpringfield power...