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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,...
  • Cheney says aide 'did not deserve' Fitzgerald prosecution

    Cheney says aide 'did not deserve' Fitzgerald prosecution
    Speaking a few paces from Chicago U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald's offices, former Republican Vice President Dick Cheney said today that his former chief of staff did not deserve prosecution by the federal prosecutor in the Valerie Plame case. “...
  • Blagojevich faces higher pension hurdle, loses law license

    Blagojevich faces higher pension hurdle, loses law license
    Convicted ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich will now have to clear a few more hurdles before he would even have a slight chance of collecting a $65,000-a-year state pension. The General Assembly Retirement System board added the extra layer of scrutiny Wednesday...
  • 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...
  • 'It feels like a betrayal'

    The parents of a Northbrook teenager who killed herself a week after accusing a University of Notre Dame football player of sexually attacking her say they feel betrayed by the school they love and that several generations of their family have attended....
  • The Lura Lynn Ryan story is, I confess, thawing my heart

     
    In general, I'm fairly merciless in my outlook when it comes to prisoners and their pleas for special dispensations or lighter sentences due to family considerations. Nearly every con has family. Kids whose birthdays and graduations and weddings they'll...
  • George Ryan should be out of prison

     
    Friday is the 7th anniversary of the indictment of former Gov. George Ryan on federal corruption charges. In responding to my post Thursday "The Lura Lynn Ryan story is, I confess, thawing my heart," commenter "Stosh" made the excellent point......
  • How much blame does George Ryan bear for the deaths of the Willis children?

     
    Lingering questions and accusations about the relationship between corruption charges against former Gov. George Ryan and the Willis family tragedy in light of Judge Rebecca Pallmeyer's refusal today to release Ryan from prison (see Stantis' Wednesday...