Stuart Levine http://northernpublicradio.org en Play Chronicles Course of Political Downfall in Illinois http://northernpublicradio.org/post/play-chronicles-course-political-downfall-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 http://northernpublicradio.org Play Chronicles Course of Political Downfall in Illinois Blagojevich-Linked Figure Sentenced To Federal Prison http://northernpublicradio.org/post/blagojevich-linked-figure-sentenced-federal-prison <p></p><p>A central figure in the Rod Blagojevich investigation was sentenced this week to 27 months in federal prison.</p><p>Jacob Kiferbaum wasn’t in Blagojevich’s inner circle, but it was his cooperation that got the ball rolling in the investigation into corruption under former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich.</p><p>Kiferbaum was a construction company owner who conspired with Stuart Levine, a public official in the Blagojevich administration, to rig contracts. Levine would use his clout to steer contracts to Kiferbaum who would kick some of the money back to Levine.</p> Thu, 01 Aug 2013 09:20:39 +0000 WNIJ 33886 at http://northernpublicradio.org Blagojevich-Linked Figure Sentenced To Federal Prison Levine relieved by light corruption sentence http://northernpublicradio.org/post/levine-relieved-light-corruption-sentence <p>A relatively short prison sentence seems to be bringing some relief to Stuart Levine, one of the central figures in the Blagojevich scandal.<br /> After being sentenced yesterday, Stuart Levine smiled and shook hands and joked with many of the prosecutors and FBI agents who investigated him and brought him down.<br /> And what a downfall it&#39;s been.<br /> Levine went from being a multi-millionaire to working at a kiosk in a mall. Fri, 20 Jul 2012 15:51:21 +0000 WNIJ 15283 at http://northernpublicradio.org Levine relieved by light corruption sentence