March 15, 2012 |
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.
December 7, 2011 |
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.
December 7, 2011 |
Former Illinois Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich was sentenced to 14 years in prison Wednesday and fined $20,000 for what U.S. Atty. Patrick Fitzgerald referred to as a criminal corruption crime spree at the time of Blagojevich's arrest three years ago. Blagojevich was convicted of corruption charges including trying to trade President Obama's vacated U.S. Senate seat in exchange for money or favors. He will have to serve a minimum of nearly 12 years under federal rules that say defendants must complete 85% of their sentences.
April 23, 2010 |
Weeks before his federal corruption trial, ousted Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich sought Thursday to tie his credibility to that of President Obama by asking that the president be compelled to testify for the defense. The 11-page court filing by Blagojevich's attorneys attempted to protect sensitive details by blacking out references to sealed investigative records. But it became an Internet sensation when a computer glitch enabled people to view the entire document — a mixture of new allegations and old details that created fresh intrigue over charges that Blagojevich sought to sell the Senate seat vacated by Obama after he was elected president in 2008.
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.
September 13, 2009 |
Christopher Kelly, a key figure in the federal corruption investigation of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, has died. A onetime confidant and top fundraiser for Blagojevich, Kelly was accused of using his office to leverage campaign donations and benefits for himself and his family. In a surprise move Tuesday, a day before his scheduled trial, the roofing business owner pleaded guilty to two counts of mail fraud as part of a kickback scheme to illegally obtain $8.5 million in work at O'Hare International Airport.