| Mar 15, 2012
Rod Blagojevich may have a problem with hidden recording devices, but the convicted former governor rarely met a camera he didn't like and that held true even Wednesday with a choreographed-for-TV farewell on the eve of his imprisonment.
Showman to the...
| Mar 15, 2012
| 10:07 PM
— After a goodbye tour that stretched from Chicago's Ravenswood Manor neighborhood to the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Rod Blagojevich turned, waved and disappeared Thursday behind a darkened doorway of a federal prison.
| Jan 18, 2013
| 9:40 AM
Gov. Pat Quinn has named former U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald to the University of Illinois Board of Trustees.
Fitzgerald will replace first term trustee Lawrence Oliver II, according to a news release from the governor's office.
| Jan 22, 2013
| 11:55 AM
Springfield power broker William Cellini reported to federal prison this afternoon to begin serving a one-year sentence for his conviction in the federal Operation Board Games probe.
Cellini, 78, turned himself in at the low-security prison in Terre...
| Jan 24, 2013
| 3:12 PM
U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock, who’s mulling a 2014 Republican bid for governor, chastised a pair of potential rivals Thursday, saying state Sens. Bill Brady and Kirk Dillard have “proven nothing more than they can lose an election.”
| Jan 30, 2013
| 11:56 AM
Former Gov. George Ryan spent just hours at a halfway house on Chicago’s West Side this morning before he was released and sent to his Kankakee home, where he will be on home confinement until he completes his 6 ½-year sentence.
Ryan will not...
| Apr 11, 2013
| 3:36 PM
SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois House today approved a measure that would ask voters whether to eliminate the job of lieutenant governor, but the proposal has a long way to go before the much-maligned office would disappear.
The measure must pass the...
| May 19, 2013
| 4:00 AM
At great political peril, George Ryan did the right thing.
Not to canonize the man. After all, the then-governor of Illinois was later imprisoned on corruption charges.
But that doesn't change the fact that, in 2000, stung that 13 inmates had been...
| Jul 8, 2011
Rod Blagojevich, like many convicted felons awaiting sentencing, is in a box: When addressing the court he will need to express remorse --- which judges like to see --- without admitting criminal wrongdoing --- which stands to foul up any......
| Jul 19, 2011
A lightly edited transcript of my conversation Monday afternoon with Henry Bayer, executive director of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME). Council 31: ZORN: Public-sector union employees seem to be in the cross-...
| Aug 1, 2011
Today's news -- Judge sets Blagojevich sentencing for Oct. 6 -- prompts me to take a look back at a portion of my blog entry from last year, What to Expect While We're Expecting a Verdict: [Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich......