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  • Rod Blagojevich enters federal prison in Colorado to start 14-year sentence

    Rod Blagojevich enters federal prison in Colorado to start 14-year sentence
    — 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. Inside Federal...
  • Blagojevich stepping into another world

    Blagojevich stepping into another world
    When he surrenders at a federal prison outside Denver this week, Rod Blagojevich will trade his beautiful bungalow on a corner lot in Ravenswood Manor for a dormitory or small cell with a metal-frame bunk bed. Blagojevich made close to $150,000 a year as...
  • Cellini pressed pension head to hire connected firms, U.S. alleges

    Cellini pressed pension head to hire connected firms, U.S. alleges
    In 1998, Keith Bozarth was just weeks into his job overseeing the state pension system for Illinois teachers when he agreed to a meeting at the Renaissance Hotel in Springfield. His lunch companion was William Cellini, a longtime Republican fundraiser...
  • Blagojevich sentencing on hold

    Blagojevich sentencing on hold
    A federal judge on Monday postponed the Oct. 6 sentencing of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich. U.S. District Judge James Zagel gave no reason for the delay in a brief written order, but it didn't come as a surprise because Blagojevich's co-defendant,...
  • Quinn won't say if he supports major toll increase

    Quinn won't say if he supports major toll increase
    Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn isn't taking a position yet on his tollway board's idea to nearly double tolls to pay for new roads and road work.Asked the governor's views on the toll hike proposal, his administration offered a written statement today. ...
  • Illinois death penalty ban takes effect Friday

    Illinois death penalty ban takes effect Friday
    SPRINGFIELD — The death penalty in Illinois officially ends Friday, and the 15 prisoners who once faced execution already have been scattered across prisons throughout the state. Gov. Pat Quinn signed the ban on capital punishment March 9, but the...
  • State lawmakers head to Cuba next week on trade mission

    State lawmakers head to Cuba next week on trade mission
    About a dozen state lawmakers are headed for Cuba next week for a trip they hope will boost Illinois exports. The six-day tour is being led by Rep. Jack Franks, D-Marengo, and Rep. Dan Burke, D-Chicago. They said no taxpayer dollars will be spent on...
  • Hard time looking likely for ex-Gov. Blagojevich

    Hard time looking likely for ex-Gov. Blagojevich
    Two things were clear Tuesday by the close of the first day of Rod Blagojevich's sentencing hearing: The former governor was likely going to be hit with a stiff sentence, and his legal team had abandoned its early hope of him avoiding prison altogether....
  • Judge rejects new trial for Cellini

    Judge rejects new trial for Cellini
    A federal judge on Tuesday declined to grant a new trial for William Cellini, ruling that a juror's failure to disclose her criminal background during jury selection was not deliberate and did not taint the Springfield power broker's trial. The...
  • Blagojevich attorneys consider prison and appeal

    Blagojevich attorneys consider prison and appeal
    Attorneys for Rod Blagojevich, coming off a big defeat this week with his 14-year prison sentence for corruption, are now gearing up for another protracted and difficult fight — an appeal of the former governor's conviction. But the most...
  • Zagel and the next crooked pols

    Zagel and the next crooked pols
    "He was corrupt when he took the oath of office. He was corrupt until the day he was arrested." —Federal prosecutor Reid Schar at the sentencing of Rod Blagojevich, Dec. 7, 2011. "My life is in ruins. … I have nobody to blame but myself for...