March 2, 2009 |
Sen. Roland Burris (D-Ill.) told hundreds of supporters at a black church in Chicago that he had been working hard to represent them in Washington. Burris, who spoke at New Covenant Baptist Church, didn't mention the calls for his resignation, including from Gov. Patrick Quinn. Instead, he pointed to his accomplishments, including voting for President Obama's economic stimulus bill. And he said he proposed legislation to recognize the slaves who built the Capitol. Burris has been under fire for the circumstances of his elevation to the Senate -- he was appointed by former Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich, who has since been impeached, convicted and removed from office -- and for changing his story about it. Blagojevich also faces federal corruption charges.
October 7, 2008 |
Federal prosecutors in Chicago moved to delay indefinitely the sentencing of Antoin "Tony" Rezko, who was convicted in June of mail fraud, wire fraud, attempted extortion and money laundering. The request indicates that he could be cooperating. Speculation has simmered for weeks that the key fundraiser for Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich and Sen. Barack Obama is telling prosecutors what he knows about corruption in state government in hopes of getting a lighter sentence. Some of the crimes carry 20-year sentences.
May 6, 2008 |
Take-Two Interactive Software Inc. asked a federal judge to block the Chicago Transit Authority from removing advertisements for its "Grand Theft Auto IV" video game. Take-Two filed suit in federal court, saying the CTA interfered with its right of free speech by removing ads for the game from the transit system. The ads may have been taken off because the game is rated "M," for mature users, according to the complaint. The game maker said it paid $300,000 for a six-week ad campaign and that the ads were removed shortly after they began appearing April 22. The company said that Illinois Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich had previously criticized other games in the "Grand Theft Auto" series.
December 28, 2008 |
The state House committee investigating a possible impeachment of Democratic Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich won't subpoena two incoming White House advisors, the committee chairwoman said. In a letter received by the committee Friday, U.S. Atty. Patrick J. Fitzgerald asked the special investigative committee specifically not to subpoena President-elect Barack Obama advisor Valerie Jarrett, incoming Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.) or Nils Larsen, a Tribune Co. executive vice president.
December 10, 2008 |
Six years ago, Rod R. Blagojevich became the first Democrat to be elected governor of Illinois in 30 years, unseating what he called a Republican "legacy of corruption, mismanagement and lost opportunities." Until his arrest Tuesday on federal corruption charges, the self-proclaimed "always lawful" Blagojevich had built a political career, in part, on fighting corruption.
December 12, 2008 |
Tribune Co. acknowledged Thursday that it had been subpoenaed in the federal criminal case against Illinois' governor, Democrat Rod R. Blagojevich, and sources confirmed that the FBI had interviewed a close associate of company Chairman Sam Zell. The associate, Nils Larsen, is the financial advisor who allegedly was asked to help get Chicago Tribune editorial writers fired. (None were fired.) Larsen, a Tribune Co.
December 18, 2008 |
President-elect Barack Obama told reporters Wednesday that they'd have to wait until next week to hear about his advisors' dealings with Illinois Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich. At a news conference, Obama said it's frustrating to stay silent about any contacts between his team and that of the indicted governor, but he is complying with U.S. Atty. Patrick Fitzgerald's request. "There has been a little bit of speculation in the press that I would like to correct immediately," he said.
January 24, 2010 |
The Democratic gubernatorial primary in Illinois is a tossup between Gov. Pat Quinn and Comptroller Dan Hynes as controversy over an inmate early-release program and an imploding state budget has cut into Quinn's once-sizable advantage, a Chicago Tribune/WGN-TV poll has found. On the Republican side, three candidates also are in a close battle ahead of the Feb. 2 primary. Former state GOP Chairman Andy McKenna, former Illinois Atty. Gen. Jim Ryan and state Sen. Kirk Dillard lead the field, but none had reached 20%, according to the new poll.