| 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.
| Mar 11, 2012
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...
| Sep 8, 2011
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...
| Sep 27, 2011
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,...
| Jul 28, 2011
| 5:21 PM
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. ...
| Jun 30, 2011
| 3:54 PM
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...
| Sep 1, 2011
| 1:09 PM
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...
| Dec 7, 2011
| 4:25 AM
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....
| Jan 25, 2012
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.
| Dec 8, 2011
| 10:01 PM
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...
| Dec 8, 2011
"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...