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  • Chicago 2011: A Year in Review

    Chicago 2011: A Year in Review
    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...
  • 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...
  • 30 years to life for Blagojevich?

    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...
  • Feds seek 15-, 20-year sentence for Blagojevich

    Feds seek 15-, 20-year sentence for Blagojevich
    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...
  • Day of reckoning at hand for Blagojevich

    Day of reckoning at hand for Blagojevich
    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...
  • Blagojevich's leniency bid faces tough odds, experts say

    Blagojevich's leniency bid faces tough odds, experts say
    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. But...
  • Patti Blagojevich pleads with judge: 'Be merciful'

    Patti Blagojevich pleads with judge: 'Be merciful'
    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...
  • 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....
  • 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...