Blagojevich en Play Chronicles Course of Political Downfall in Illinois <p>The curtains are closing on the Chicago play, "I Wish to Apologize to the People of Illinois" -- a timely production, given that today, Dec. 9, is the fifth anniversary of Rod Blagojevich's arrest.&nbsp; Two trials later, he was convicted on 18 counts of corruption.&nbsp;</p><p>At Blagojevich's sentencing hearing, the deposed governor said he was sorry for his mistakes.&nbsp; But he was not the one making apologies in this show.&nbsp; He's not even a character -- just someone who gets mentioned now and again.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 09 Dec 2013 19:37:41 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 40177 at Play Chronicles Course of Political Downfall in Illinois Audit Finds All Kids Plan is Shrinking <p class="yiv1989161480MsoNormal" id="yui_3_7_2_6_1350550528803_515"><span id="yui_3_7_2_6_1350550528803_512" style="font-size:10.0pt;">One of <span class="yshortcuts cs4-visible" id="lw_1350550496_0">Rod Blagojevich</span>'s top legislative achievements is slowly dwindling away. An audit of the All Kids program shows there's less and less to review.&nbsp;</span><span id="yui_3_7_2_6_1350550528803_514" style="font-size:10.0pt;">Rod Blagojevich was so proud of All Kids, he mentioned it in his farewell speech before going away to prison.</span> Thu, 18 Oct 2012 09:30:57 +0000 WNIJ 20007 at Audit Finds All Kids Plan is Shrinking Illinois Powerbroker Sentenced to Just Over Year in Prison <div class="card-content"><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden "><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>A judge in Chicago has sentenced William Cellini to a year and a day in prison. A federal jury convicted Cellini in November of conspiring to shake down the Oscar-winning producer of "Million Dollar Baby" for a contribution to imprisoned former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's campaign. Thu, 04 Oct 2012 21:54:15 +0000 WNIJ 19397 at Blagojevich fundraiser dodges prison time <p>Ali Ata donated $50,000 to Rod Blagojevich. In return he was appointed the executive director of the Illinois Finance Authority, a job that paid&nbsp;$125,000 a year.<br /><br />Ata pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his relationship with the corrupt Blagojevich fundraiser and advisor Tony Rezko. But prosecutors say Ata began cooperating during Rezko&#39;s trial and ended up being a key witness.<br /><br />On the stand Ata detailed a meeting where he gave Rezko a $25,000 contribution.<br /> Wed, 18 Jul 2012 10:04:40 +0000 Robert Wildeboer 15123 at Blagojevich fundraiser dodges prison time Blagojevich's goodbye: good enough for a pardon? <p>Former governor Rod Blagojevich made his last public speech Wednesday before heading off to federal prison. He may want to change his tune if he&rsquo;s looking to get out of prison before his 14 year sentence is completed. That&rsquo;s according to P.S. &nbsp;Ruckman, a Rock Valley College political science professor and expert on presidential pardons.</p><p> Thu, 15 Mar 2012 19:54:55 +0000 Susan Stephens 8512 at Blagojevich's goodbye: good enough for a pardon? Presidential Pardon for Blagojevich? <p>Rod Blagojevich&#39;s prison sentence is 14 years.&nbsp; His best chance of getting out early is a petition of clemency to the White House. Thu, 08 Dec 2011 14:25:48 +0000 Dan Klefstad 3494 at Presidential Pardon for Blagojevich? Blagojevich Sentenced to 14 years <p>Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich has been sentenced to 14 years in prison and a fine of $20,000.</p><p>Blagojevich spent about twenty minutes on the stand this morning during his sentencing, making his case for leniency from Judge James Zagel. He apologized to his family and the people of Illinois, although he said he had no intention of breaking the law.</p><p>Prosecutors sought a sentence of 15 to 20 years for Blagojevich.</p> Wed, 07 Dec 2011 18:35:12 +0000 Mike Moen 3441 at