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.
A central figure in the Rod Blagojevich investigation was sentenced this week to 27 months in federal prison.
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.
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.
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.