November 21, 2009 |
Sen. Roland W. Burris (D-Ill.) was rebuked Friday by the Senate Ethics Committee, which issued a "public letter of qualified admonition" for his actions in connection with his appointment by disgraced former Illinois Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich. In the letter, the panel told Burris it had concluded that his "actions reflected unfavorably on the Senate." Questions had arisen over whether Burris had been truthful about his contacts with Blagojevich associates before his appointment. "The committee found that you should have known that you were providing incorrect, inconsistent, misleading or incomplete information to the public, the Senate and those conducting legitimate inquiries into your appointment to the Senate," the letter said.
December 8, 2011
A roundup of entertainment headlines for Thursday. Lindsay Lohan's Playboy cover is out there for the world to see, just before the rest of Lindsay Lohan is out there for the world to see. ( Los Angeles Times ) Will Ryan Seacrest replace Matt Lauer on "Today"? ( Wall Street Journal ) "The Book of Mormon" is coming to L.A. in September 2012. ( Los Angeles Times ) Coldplay announced its first North American tour in nearly three years, including two dates at the Hollywood Bowl.
March 3, 2009 |
First he was charged with trying to sell a U.S. Senate seat. Now ousted Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is trying to sell a book about it. Blagojevich's publicity agent announced Monday that the impeached governor would receive an undisclosed "six figure" sum to pen a book about the "dark side of politics." Blagojevich faces federal charges that he tried to sell the U.S. seat relinquished by President Obama in exchange for campaign donations or other favors.
January 6, 2009 |
Like it or not, Illinois Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich has the legal authority to appoint Roland Burris to the U.S. Senate, and Burris, the state's former attorney general, should be allowed to take the seat vacated by President-elect Barack Obama. Senate Democrats are on weak constitutional ground in trying to deny a seat to a properly selected individual. Their claim to the power to exclude a lawfully chosen senator could create a dangerous precedent.
March 31, 2009 |
Illinois state records outline a series of private contacts between Tribune Co. and since-ousted Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich even as investigators prepared to arrest him on federal corruption charges late last year. The ex-governor's e-mails, telephone logs and calendars, recently released to the Chicago Tribune under the state's Freedom of Information Act, provide new details about the urgency of Tribune Co.'s efforts to get a financial bailout by selling Wrigley Field to the state. Tribune Co.
March 26, 2009 |
Chicago's morning radio airwaves were filled Wednesday with dueling governors, with both Rod R. Blagojevich and Pat Quinn declaring God was on their side as they attacked each other. Impeached former Gov. Blagojevich, a guest host on WLS-AM, declared he was an "instrument" of God and maintained that his successor, Gov. Quinn, and top Democratic lawmakers had removed him to clear the way for a tax increase.