| Dec 29, 2011
As 2011 comes to a close, WGN remembers some of the big stories that made Chicago headlines, from politics to weather to sports.
Kicking off 2011 was a kick from Mother Nature -- the blizzard that hit the Chicago area on February 2 shut down Lake Shore...
| 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.
| Sep 16, 2011
Preliminary calculations by federal prosecutors indicate that convicted former Gov. Rod Blagojevich potentially faces 30 years to life in prison under federal sentencing guidelines, but that is no guarantee that the government will seek that stiff of a...
| Dec 1, 2011
In sharply contrasting portrayals, former Gov. Rod Blagojevich was cast Wednesday by the defense as a dedicated but duped public servant who deserves compassion, while prosecutors described him as a brazenly selfish public official who refused to take...
| Dec 3, 2011
Throughout a long and now disgraced public career, Rod Blagojevich became known for his silver but often forked tongue. It is a reputation sure to loom large over this week's sentencing hearing for the convicted former governor as he mounts a last-ditch...
| Dec 5, 2011
| 10:49 PM
In a bid to avoid a long prison sentence, Rod Blagojevich is expected to argue he was an effective governor who cared about people, that he was led along by his advisers through the schemes he was convicted of and that he didn't profit anyway.
| Dec 6, 2011
| 3:37 PM
Rod Blagojevich's sentencing hearing has ended for the day, with the defense emphasizing the damage a long prison sentence would have on Blagojevich’s family.
Lawyer Aaron Goldstein also read a letter read to the court from Blagojevich’s...
| Dec 7, 2011
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...
| 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....
| Dec 8, 2011
| 4:42 AM
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.
| 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...