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Over the six weeks that prosecutors laid out their case against Rod Blagojevich, witnesses and secret wiretaps portrayed the former governor as extravagant, obsessed with his own looks and image, a lousy steward of his family finances, near-delusional...
Tribune reporterA politically connected construction company executive who was already facing prison for tax evasion pleaded guilty today to a separate fraud charge and was sentenced to probation. Robert Blum, 58, chief executive officer of Markham-based Castle...
Tags: Suicide, Trials, Crime, Law and Justice, Crimes, Contracts
Tribune reportersAs he did at Rod Blagojevich’s first trial last summer, lobbyist John Wyma testified this afternoon that he decided to go to federal authorities after he grew concerned about fundraising practices at the then-governor’s campaign office in...
Tribune reportersQuestioning of prospective jurors has concluded in the retrial of Rod Blagojevich, but U.S. District Judge James Zagel is giving the lawyers the weekend to mull their cuts before 12 jurors and six alternates are picked. Three more made it past the...
Clout StFrom the Breaking News Center: One of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich's former chiefs of staff who is expected to be a key witness in his corruption trial entered a new guilty plea in federal court this morning. Alonzo "Lon" Monk,......
Change of SubjectDeveloping story: Metra chief found dead hours before meeting on his fate: Metra executive director Phil Pagano was found dead this morning, the agency said in a release. Metra would not confirm reports that Pagano was struck by a Metra......
Change of SubjectSix things to expect if former Gov. Rod Blagojevich is acquitted by the jury now deliberating his fate: 1. Heâ€™ll hold a triumphant news conference in the lobby of the courthouse. Heâ€™ll crow to the camera that heâ€™s been vindicated......
Change of SubjectPublicists for perpetually tardy Rod Blagojevich -- adio talk show host, failed reality-TV star and disgraced ex-governor are sending around an alert that he will "will make the strongest public statement to date concerning the charges he is facing" at......
Christopher Kelly, one of Gov. Rod Blagojevich's most trusted advisers and fundraisers, has decided to plead guilty, court records show, while negotiations appear to be on again for the cooperation of Antoin "Tony" Rezko, another Blagojevich confidant, in...
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Tribune reportersDisgraced Gov. Rod Blagojevich joked and jogged in his Chicago neighborhood Wednesday and vowed to tell his side of the story soon, while his attorney tore into impeachment-minded state lawmakers trying to force the governor out of a job. The vigorous...
Tribune staff reportersPleading guilty Thursday to attempted extortion, a prominent Democratic fundraiser said he was told that a "high-ranking Illinois public official" was behind a kickback scheme that steered state pension-fund investments to favored businesses in exchange...
Tribune staff reportersPolitical insider Stuart Levine pleaded guilty Friday to scheming to squeeze millions of dollars from firms seeking state business, and authorities alleged in the clearest detail yet that he had the help of Gov. Rod Blagojevich's top campaign supporters....
Tags: Trials, Elections, Prisons, Crime, Law and Justice, Crimes
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