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A federal court has taken just three days to reject the appeal of imprisoned former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich seeking a third sentencing.

The unanimous ruling Friday by the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago dismissed arguments that the Democrat's trial-court judge should have reduced his 14-year prison term for corruption because of his good behavior behind bars.

The written opinion from the three-judge panel says, "Blagojevich's treatment of fellow inmates may show that, outside of office, he is an admirable person."

Former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock has asked a judge to throw out the corruption case against him, arguing that authorities misinterpreted the law and overreached.

Lawyers for the Illinois Republican filed the motion to dismiss the case Thursday in a Springfield federal court. Among their other arguments is that the indictment "trespasses on land the Constitution reserves for Congress."

Prosecutors have denied that investigators overstepped legal lines by recruiting a confidential informant from Schock's staff as they built their case against him.

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The head of the Colorado Department of Revenue has spoken to a panel of Illinois lawmakers considering a proposal to legalize marijuana in the state.

Barbara Brohl, the department executive director, told Illinois lawmakers at a hearing Wednesday that she believes the legal market for marijuana is eating into the black market, funding drug abuse treatment and prevention, and providing a safer product, the Chicago Tribune reports.

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An appeals court is considering whether imprisoned former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich should get a third sentencing hearing.

Blagojevich's attorneys argued Tuesday before the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago that the Democrat's good behavior since entering prison in 2012 justifies a reduced sentence.

Prosecutor Debra Bonamici responded that Blagojevich deserves his 14-year sentence, especially because he has never admitted he committed serious crimes.

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The FBI says there are no additional threats related to the fugitive who was arrested in southwestern Wisconsin following a nine-day manhunt.

Milwaukee-based special agent Justin Tolomeo joined other law enforcement officials Friday at a news conference where they detailed the capture of Joseph Jakubowski.

Jakubowski is suspected of stealing an arsenal of weapons from a gun store in southern Wisconsin and of mailing a threatening manifesto to the White House.

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