Blagojevich

Blagojevich And Friends
1:37 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Play Chronicles Course of Political Downfall in Illinois

Stuart Levine, left, and Rod Blagojevich

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.  Two trials later, he was convicted on 18 counts of corruption. 

At Blagojevich's sentencing hearing, the deposed governor said he was sorry for his mistakes.  But he was not the one making apologies in this show.  He's not even a character -- just someone who gets mentioned now and again. 

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Healthcare
4:30 am
Thu October 18, 2012

Audit Finds All Kids Plan is Shrinking

State of Illinois

One of Rod Blagojevich's top legislative achievements is slowly dwindling away. An audit of the All Kids program shows there's less and less to review. Rod Blagojevich was so proud of All Kids, he mentioned it in his farewell speech before going away to prison.

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Corruption
4:54 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

Illinois Powerbroker Sentenced to Just Over Year in Prison

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.

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Politics
5:04 am
Wed July 18, 2012

Blagojevich fundraiser dodges prison time

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 $125,000 a year.

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's trial and ended up being a key witness.

On the stand Ata detailed a meeting where he gave Rezko a $25,000 contribution.

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Local
2:54 pm
Thu March 15, 2012

Blagojevich's goodbye: good enough for a pardon?

photo: wikipedia

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’s looking to get out of prison before his 14 year sentence is completed. That’s according to P.S.  Ruckman, a Rock Valley College political science professor and expert on presidential pardons.

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Pardon?
8:25 am
Thu December 8, 2011

Presidential Pardon for Blagojevich?

P.S. Ruckman, author and blogger about Presidential pardons.

Rod Blagojevich's prison sentence is 14 years.  His best chance of getting out early is a petition of clemency to the White House.

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Illinois Politics
12:35 pm
Wed December 7, 2011

Blagojevich Sentenced to 14 years

Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich has been sentenced to 14 years in prison and a fine of $20,000.

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.

Prosecutors sought a sentence of 15 to 20 years for Blagojevich.

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