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  • When a judge matters

    When a judge matters
    Wednesday dawns with expectancy and, for federal convict Rod Blagojevich, dread. He returns to a huge courtroom with warm wood paneling and cold fluorescent light. His attorneys spent much of Tuesday urging U.S. District Judge James Zagel to give the...
  • 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....
  • Tributes for Lura Lynn Ryan: 'She was a great lady'

    Gov. Pat Quinn today called former first lady Lura Lynn Ryan "a great lady" who had a big heart for the everyday citizens of Illinois. "She was a great lady, truly a lady who cared about people, especially little people that weren't celebrities,"...
  • 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...
  • Blagojevich struggled with credibility long before his conviction

    Blagojevich struggled with credibility long before his conviction
    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...
  • Defeated Democrats do well under Quinn

    Defeated Democrats do well under Quinn
    While the political adage holds that to the winner go the spoils, under Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn, even some losers have done very well. Take Dan Seals. He failed three times to win a North Shore congressional seat, and his tax returns showed he mostly...
  • Blagojevich hit with 14-year prison sentence

    Blagojevich hit with 14-year prison sentence
    A contrite former Gov. Rod Blagojevich was sentenced Wednesday to 14 years in federal prison, capping one of the state's worst political scandals and humbling a controversial and defiant figure who rode into office as a champion of reform. The sentence...
  • 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...
  • Blagojevich won't start collecting $65,000-a-year pension

    Blagojevich won't start collecting $65,000-a-year pension
    SPRINGFIELD — Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich's $65,000-a-year state pension won't be sent his way when he turns 55 Saturday — and it's a chunk of change he's likely to be forever denied. The Democratic politician still is likely to get a federal...
  • Once his defender, Quinn berates Blagojevich

    Once his defender, Quinn berates Blagojevich
    Even as a corruption investigation swirled around then-Gov. Rod Blagojevich five years ago, Pat Quinn defended his two-time running mate as "a person who's honest and one of integrity." On Wednesday, Gov. Quinn declared "justice was served" after a...
  • 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...