December 8, 2009 |
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.
January 12, 2010 |
Former Illinois Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich long has thought that his best chance of beating the sweeping federal corruption charges against him was to take his case directly to the public -- whether through media interviews, writing a book or glad-handing people on the street. But things haven't always gone swimmingly. On Monday, Blagojevich moved quickly to apologize for saying in an Esquire magazine interview that he was "blacker than Barack Obama." Even before many had heard about the interview, Blagojevich was standing outside his home, pointing out that it was a dumb thing to say. "What I said was stupid, stupid, stupid," Blagojevich said, using the word 16 times in a few minutes.
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.
December 11, 2008 |
A footnote to the 76-page criminal complaint and affidavit charging Illinois Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich, a Democrat, with soliciting bribes confirms what has long been rumored: that a former longtime friend of and fundraiser for President-elect Barack Obama is talking to federal prosecutors in hopes of a reduced sentence.
December 14, 2008 |
If it wasn't nailed down, it was for sale, federal officials say. Seeking a high-level Illinois job? Make a contribution to Friends of Blagojevich. Want a state contract? Pony up. Have your heart set on the U.S. Senate? Let's talk. Federal authorities say Democratic Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich put a "for sale" sign on state government. But in many ways, that sign had been there for years. "When you look at the countless scandals that have plagued Illinois politics over the last several years . . .
December 10, 2008 |
Angered by Chicago Tribune editorials, Illinois Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich tried to get members of the newspaper's editorial board fired, promising in exchange to support lucrative state financial assistance in the sale of Wrigley Field -- part of the cash-strapped parent company's efforts to sell the Chicago Cubs, authorities charged Tuesday.
July 10, 2009 |
Sen. Roland W. Burris (D-Ill.), who was appointed to President Obama's onetime seat by disgraced former Illinois Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich, is expected to announce today that he will not seek a full term in 2010, sources close to the lawmaker said. The decision by Burris, 71, is an acknowledgment that the prospects of raising the millions of dollars needed to mount a statewide campaign were dubious in the face of widespread criticism over how he got the job.
February 16, 2009 |
Sen. Roland Burris tried Sunday to quell new questions about his controversial appointment to the Senate, insisting he shouldn't be blamed for only recently detailing his conversations about the job with five associates of disgraced former Illinois Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich. The Chicago Democrat said he didn't provide a full explanation because nobody pressed the point during his sworn testimony last month to Illinois House lawmakers who impeached Blagojevich.
August 18, 2010 |
— A federal jury convicted former Illinois Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich on Tuesday of just one of the 24 corruption counts against him and deadlocked on the other 23 — including whether he tried to sell the Senate seat formerly occupied by President Obama. The single conviction came on one of the least serious charges, lying to federal agents, which carries a maximum of five years in prison. He could have faced up to 20 years on some of the more serious charges, such as racketeering.