Blagojevich

Full Court Won't Rehear Blagojevich Appeal

Aug 19, 2015
U.S. Government

A full appellate court in Chicago will not rehear the appeal of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's corruption convictions.

The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals posted a notice Wednesday indicating there would be no rehearing for the imprisoned Democrat.

Blagojevich had hoped the full court might overturn more of his 18 convictions than the five counts a three-judge panel tossed in July.

Blagojevich's only remaining option for more counts to be overturned is an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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. 

Audit Finds All Kids Plan is Shrinking

Oct 18, 2012
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.

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.

Blagojevich fundraiser dodges prison time

Jul 18, 2012

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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