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  • Blagojevich strikes back

    Blagojevich strikes back
    Disgraced Gov. Rod Blagojevich joked and jogged in his Chicago neighborhood Wednesday and vowed to tell his side of the story soon, while his attorney tore into impeachment-minded state lawmakers trying to force the governor out of a job. The vigorous...
  • 3 Illinois universities subpoenaed in Rod Blagojevich probe

    Under fire for allowing political clout to influence its admissions process, the University of Illinois is among three state universities that have been subpoenaed by federal prosecutors seeking evidence that former Gov. Rod Blagojevich and his power...
  • Rezko gavel-to-gavel: Week 2

    Rezko rewind. Day 8 March 14, 2008; 5:13 a.m. A hospital lobbyist testified at the Tony Rezko corruption trial that he feared the friend and fundraiser of Gov. Rod Blagojevich would turn a hospital regulatory board against his clients. So Jeff Ladd, the...
  • Levine enters guilty plea

    Political insider Stuart Levine pleaded guilty Friday to scheming to squeeze millions of dollars from firms seeking state business, and authorities alleged in the clearest detail yet that he had the help of Gov. Rod Blagojevich's top campaign supporters....
  • Blagojevich trial: Jury hears 'I've got this thing and it's (expletive) golden' quote

    Rod Blagojevich had been jealous of Barack Obama's rise out of Illinois politics to the White House, one of his former top aides testified Tuesday, but the day after Obama's victory rally in Grant Park, the governor was on the phone talking about a...
  • Strange trip for Illinois, Blagojevich

    They showed up at Rod Blagojevich's home before the sun. By daylight, federal agents had arrested and handcuffed the governor, throwing him -- and all of Illinois -- into one of the most momentous and absurd times in the state's sordid political history....
  • Ex-aide: Governor often MIA

    Ex-aide: Governor often MIA
    Rod Blagojevich may have been governor of Illinois but often appeared to do everything but run the state, dwelling instead on his political fortunes and his family's finances, two former top aides to Blagojevich testified at his political corruption trial...
  • Blagojevich defense lawyer spars with witness, scores a few points

    Blagojevich defense lawyer spars with witness, scores a few points
    The objections from a prosecutor came almost as fast and furiously as the questions from defense lawyer Sam Adam Jr. Almost. Adam was working hard to keep witness Alonzo "Lon" Monk on the ropes, and he paraded back and forth between a lectern in the...
  • Blagojevich: Corrupt plotter or honest victim?

    Blagojevich: Corrupt plotter or honest victim?
    Rod Blagojevich heard himself described during opening statements at his corruption trial Tuesday as naive, shallow, lacking in judgment and deeply insecure. And that was from his own lawyer, Sam Adam Jr. Hardly a flattering portrait for the politician...
  • Blagojevich insiders traded on access, now testify for prosecution

    Blagojevich insiders traded on access, now testify for prosecution
    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...
  • Former governor hit for alleged corruption, grandiosity

    Former governor hit for alleged corruption, grandiosity
    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...