corruption

-Illinois
5:24 am
Thu August 9, 2012

Former governor may spend less time behind bars

Wikipedia

Former Illinois Governor George Ryan could get out of federal prison early on a work release program. His lawyer, former Illinois Governor Jim Thompson,  says he’ll still appeal Ryan’s corruption convictions.

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-Illinois
4:50 am
Tue August 7, 2012

Quinn: Former Governor should serve out sentence

Former Illinois Governor George Ryan
Wikipedia

Governor Pat Quinn says imprisoned former Governor George Ryan should serve out the rest of his prison sentence. A federal court has denied an appeal filed by Ryan.

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Blagojevich corruption aides
10:51 am
Fri July 20, 2012

Levine relieved by light corruption sentence

Stuart Levine

A relatively short prison sentence seems to be bringing some relief to Stuart Levine, one of the central figures in the Blagojevich scandal.
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.
And what a downfall it's been.
Levine went from being a multi-millionaire to working at a kiosk in a mall.

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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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Politics
2:42 pm
Fri July 13, 2012

Prosecutors say Cellini deserves 8-year term

Federal prosecutors in Chicago contend that longtime Springfield powerbroker William Cellini deserves to go to prison for up to eight years.

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. Cellini is scheduled to be sentenced July 23.

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Government
1:53 pm
Mon April 23, 2012

Dixon comptroller fired

The City of Dixon has fired its comptroller. City Council members voted unanimously today to fire Rita Crundwell, retroactive to the day she was arrested on federal wire fraud charges.

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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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