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In a bid to avoid a long prison sentence, Rod Blagojevich is expected to argue he was an effective governor who cared about people, that he was led along by his advisers through the schemes he was convicted of and that he didn't profit anyway. But...
"He was corrupt when he took the oath of office. He was corrupt until the day he was arrested." —Federal prosecutor Reid Schar at the sentencing of Rod Blagojevich, Dec. 7, 2011. "My life is in ruins. … I have nobody to blame but myself for...
Change of SubjectI can't easily render this 72-page .pdf image file of the recent filing by lawyers for convicted former Gov. Rod Blagojevich into text, but if anyone out there with an OCR scanner and some time on your hands wants to......
TribLocal - Naperville » NewsEdward Hospital President and CEO Pam Davis feels a sense of closure as former Gov. Rod Blagojevich prepares to enter a Colorado prison Thursday. “I’m …...
Tribune reportersWilliam Cellini, Illinois' ultimate political insider who for more than four decades worked quietly behind the scenes to amass wealth and power, was convicted Tuesday for joining an age-old conspiracy scheme that demanded campaign cash for access. A...
With one week to go before former Gov. Rod Blagojevich is sentenced for widespread public corruption, his attorneys have asked a federal judge to consider what they say is new evidence regarding a key government witness. U.S. District Judge James Zagel...
Tags: Government, Bribery, Punishment, Barack Obama, Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune reportersRod Blagojevich gave what amounted to the campaign speech of his life Thursday directed at just 12 voters -- members of the jury that will decide whether he misused his powers as governor. And like the master politician he was for so long, Blagojevich...
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Even before Antoin "Tony" Rezko's long-awaited sentencing began Tuesday, his teenage daughter appeared anxious, her arms clutching her stomach and her face already in a pained expression. Two hours later, when a judge sentenced Rezko, once a top...
In 1998, Keith Bozarth was just weeks into his job overseeing the state pension system for Illinois teachers when he agreed to a meeting at the Renaissance Hotel in Springfield. His lunch companion was William Cellini, a longtime Republican fundraiser...
William Cellini's influence behind the scenes in Illinois politics and government has grown over four decades as he turned contacts and access into contracts and cash with a reach that left some envious and others awed. He has arguably been the most...
Weeks before longtime state power broker William Cellini is set to stand trial, federal prosecutors detailed evidence they have against him, including statements he allegedly made about what to do if law enforcement closed in and about his decades of...
Tribune reporterThe last scheduled trial arising from the pay-to-play scandal that toppled former Gov. Rod Blagojevich begins today in Chicago's federal courthouse, this time with a longtime Springfield power broker on the hot seat. William Cellini is charged with...
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