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August 2, 2009 | Kristen Schorsch
At least one sign in Illinois -- welcoming drivers to the state's International Port District -- still proclaims Rod R. Blagojevich to be governor. After Blagojevich was impeached and ousted from office following his arrest on federal corruption charges, Gov. Pat Quinn called for a cleansing of the Blagojevich name from signs across the state. The 32 such signs above Illinois Tollway plazas were removed immediately.
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March 15, 2012 | By Michael Muskal
In just hours, Elvis will indeed be in the building - or at least one of the singer's biggest fans will be in the building: former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich . He'll soon arrive at a federal prison in Colorado to begin serving a sentence on corruption charges. Blagojevich left his North Side Chicago home before dawn on Thursday for the trip to the Federal Correctional Institution Englewood outside Denver, where the 55-year-old former invincible iron man of Illinois politics will surrender in the afternoon.
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NATIONAL
December 8, 2009 | By Jeff Coen
Federal prosecutors plan to revise the charges against former Illinois Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich next month to avoid possible delays in their case because of a looming Supreme Court decision on a well-used public corruption law, the U.S. attorney's office said Monday. The high court is expected to hear oral arguments today on limiting the "honest services" fraud law, which criminalizes "a scheme or artifice to deprive another of the intangible right of honest services." The law has been a mainstay of federal public corruption cases, and prosecutors are relying on it for several of the charges against Blagojevich, accusing him of illegally leveraging his position to benefit himself.
NATIONAL
March 15, 2012 | By Michael Muskal
With a final wave from the parking lot, former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich walked into the Federal Correctional Institution Englewood in Littleton, Colo., on Thursday and began serving his sentence of 14 years in prison for his conviction on corruption charges. Blagojevich did not go gently into what is expected to be years out of the  limelight he once inhabited so fully. Every step -- beginning with the morning's departure from his Chicago home, to the flight, to an unexpected stop for lunch -- was fully documented by local reporters who have long feasted on the charismatic politician.
NATIONAL
November 21, 2009 | By Katherine Skiba and Alexander C. Hart
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 3, 2009 | Monique Garcia
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.
NATIONAL
March 31, 2009 | Todd Lighty and Robert Becker
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.
NATIONAL
April 3, 2009 | Jeff Coen
Former Illinois Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich, his brother and a former top fundraiser were among six men indicted Thursday on political corruption charges, the U.S. attorney's office in Chicago announced. The sweeping indictment comes four months after Blagojevich was arrested and charged with engaging in pay-to-play politics in a major federal complaint that accused the Democrat of trading state jobs, contracts and regulatory favors for campaign contributions.
NATIONAL
March 26, 2009 | Rick Pearson and Ashley Rueff
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
NATIONAL
December 7, 2011 | Chicago Tribune
A federal judge heard pleas Tuesday from Rod R. Blagojevich's wife and one of his daughters urging leniency for the former Illinois governor, who was convicted last summer of 17 corruption counts, including an attempt to sell an appointment to the U.S. Senate. "Your honor, I ask you humbly with the life of my husband and the childhood of my daughters in your hands, be merciful," Patti Blagojevich wrote to U.S. District Judge James Zagel in a letter read to the court by lawyer Aaron Goldstein.
NEWS
December 7, 2011 | By Bob Secter, Jeff Coen, and John Chase, Chicago Tribune
Ousted Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich said little as he and his wife Patti left their Chicago-area home Wednesday morning on their way to the federal courthouse where he will be sentenced on corruption charges. Blagojevich walked down the front steps hand in hand with his wife around 9:20 a.m. CST and bid the crush of reporters a good morning as they shouted questions at him. They both got into a dark car and the former governor waved to reporters and neighbors as it pulled away.
NEWS
December 7, 2011 | By Bob Secter, Jeff Coen and Annie Sweeney, Chicago Tribune
Rod Blagojevich, Illinois' 40th governor, was sentenced to 14 years in prison Wednesday for the attempted sale of a U.S. Senate seat, illegal shakedowns for campaign cash and lying to federal agents. U.S. District Judge James Zagel handed down the sentence after a somber Blagojevich, his voice cracking with emotion, pleaded for a lighter sentence with a round of apologies to the judge, to the jurors who convicted him, to the public and to his family. “I'm here convicted of crimes.
NEWS
June 27, 2011 | By Bob Secter and Jeff Coen, Chicago Tribune
A federal jury today convicted former Gov. Rod Blagojevich on 17 of 20 counts, finding he brazenly abused the powers of his office in a series of attempted shakedowns captured on undercover government recordings. Blogojevich showed no reaction as the jury announced their decisions, then sat back in his chair with his lips pursed and looked toward his wife Patti and whispered, "I love you. " As the first guilty verdict was announced, Patti Blagojevich slumped into the arms of her brother, who stroked her head.
NATIONAL
August 21, 2010
Former Illinois Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich on Friday accused prosecutors of trying to criminalize political horse-trading and said that he would not accept any plea deal. And he said the lone juror who held out against convicting him on major corruption counts this week confirmed his faith in God. "I've always had a deep and abiding faith in God," he said on NBC's "Today" show. "And when I look at that, it just confirms, 'Praise God.' And I certainly thank her for her good judgment.
OPINION
January 2, 2009
Re "Senators call appointment unwelcome," Dec. 31 Isn't Illinois Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich's appointment of Roland Burris less scandalous than Richard Nixon's appointment of Gerald Ford as vice president? In the latter case, we had a president clearly in trouble appointing his successor. In this case, we have a boneheaded governor showing that he, foolishly or not, has guts. I think the appointment should be weighed on its merits. Let all of the outrage be focused on simply removing Blagojevich from office because, honestly, that is the real engine behind this fury.
NATIONAL
December 17, 2008 | CHICAGO TRIBUNE
Illinois lawmakers opened impeachment proceedings against indicted Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich on Tuesday, insisting they could fairly investigate him despite years of calling him a terrible leader. Democrats and Republicans struggled to temper their anger over the national embarrassment created by Blagojevich's arrest a week ago on corruption charges. He is accused of seeking to sell favorable government decisions and the Senate seat vacated by President-elect Barack Obama.
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