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Feds taped Blagojevich
Chicago Tribune ^ | December 5, 2008 | Jeff Coen

Posted on 12/05/2008 5:31:18 AM PST by dinoparty

Federal investigators recently made covert tape recordings of Gov. Rod Blagojevich in the most dramatic step yet in their corruption investigation of him and his administration, the Tribune has learned.

As part of this undercover effort, one of the governor's closest confidants and former aides cooperated with investigators, and that assistance helped lead to recordings of the governor and others, sources said.

The cooperation of John Wyma, 42, one of the state's most influential lobbyists, is the most stunning evidence yet that Blagojevich's once-tight inner circle appears to be collapsing under the pressure of myriad pay-to-play inquiries.

Wyma, Blagojevich's chief of staff when he was in Congress, has long been one of the few advisers trusted by Blagojevich and kept in the loop on matters of policy and politics. As the federal probe intensified, Wyma met privately with the governor and his former chief of staff at the governor's campaign headquarters on the North Side for 90 minutes on Oct. 22.

(Excerpt) Read more at chicagotribune.com ...


TOPICS: Breaking News; Crime/Corruption; Politics/Elections; US: Illinois
KEYWORDS: ayers; blagojevich; chicago; corruptdems; corruption; cultureofcorruption; daley; hydeparek; hydepark; illinois; machinepolitics; obama; obamatruthfile; obamatruthsquad; organizedcrime; racketeering; rezko; rico; springfield; tammanyhall; tollway
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1 posted on 12/05/2008 5:31:19 AM PST by dinoparty
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To: dinoparty
Corruption in Illinois politics? Nah...I wouldn't believe it for a minute.
2 posted on 12/05/2008 5:33:15 AM PST by Gay State Conservative (Obama:"Ich bin ein beginner")
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To: dinoparty

Couldn’t happen to a nicer d!@k-weed.


3 posted on 12/05/2008 5:35:47 AM PST by WayneS (Respect the 2nd Amendment; Repeal the 16th)
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To: dinoparty
I don't live there and have never even contemplated a visit. Still, I know he's one of the most antigun politicians in the nation. This comes as a sweet pre Christmas present indeed for folks like me and the NRA, GOA, CCRKBA, JPFO, et al.
4 posted on 12/05/2008 5:36:59 AM PST by ExSoldier (Democracy is 2 wolves and a lamb voting on dinner. Liberty is a well armed lamb contesting the vote.)
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To: dinoparty

Nailing him will make it three for three of Il governors won’t it?

Baraq’s political schoolyard sure has turned out some great role models for his tutoring...


5 posted on 12/05/2008 5:38:14 AM PST by Abathar (Proudly posting without reading the article carefully since 2004)
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To: Gay State Conservative

Who’d a thunk it ?


6 posted on 12/05/2008 5:38:19 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: dinoparty

Illinois used to be Conservative. Eons ago my great aunt worked for Everett Dirksen (R,Senator)in DC. Chicago has been a cesspool of Dems for decades. Sadly the rest of the state has caught up to the Chicago way of doing things.


7 posted on 12/05/2008 5:41:08 AM PST by originalbuckeye
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To: dinoparty
I knew that Blago wasn't enough of a team player for the Daley/Obama machine, but I didn't think they'd make sure he never played the piano again.

Mr. niteowl77

8 posted on 12/05/2008 5:43:58 AM PST by niteowl77 (Barney Frank: he can't tell a fuel injector from a tailpipe, but he is somehow an automotive expert.)
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To: Abathar
Nailing him will make it three for three of Il governors won’t it?

Three? Wonder if you could use RICO on the state?

9 posted on 12/05/2008 5:45:18 AM PST by Lockbox
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To: dinoparty
Well, if things don't work out as Governor, Blago can always apply as an extra on The Simpsons.


10 posted on 12/05/2008 5:46:34 AM PST by reagan_fanatic (I'll give Obama the same amount of respect the left gave Bush)
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To: dinoparty

Hang in there Blagojevich!!! A new justice department next month will save your corrupt hide.


11 posted on 12/05/2008 5:46:52 AM PST by kenmcg (cOMMBYAH)
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To: dinoparty

Geesh,,,Blago could be bought for $25K? Seems rather cheap to me.


12 posted on 12/05/2008 5:58:58 AM PST by austinaero
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To: Abathar

“Nailing him will make it three for three of Il governors won’t it?”

Not quite, 2 for 2. Jim Edgar, the Republican Governor before Ryan was pretty decent. Left the state with a surplus, did some good stuff AND had a high approval rating. He wasn’t scandal-ridden. I met him briefly because I worked for the medical team at the time who was taking care of his cardiac problems. Very nice and personable, even when he didn’t feel so hot.


13 posted on 12/05/2008 6:01:50 AM PST by austinaero
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To: dinoparty
In recent months, Rezko and his attorneys have been in talks with federal prosecutors about a cooperation deal. But this week Rezko received a January court date for his sentencing, an indication there is no deal.

< /bull crap meter > off, means Obama will pardon him.

14 posted on 12/05/2008 6:02:35 AM PST by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!
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To: dinoparty
Of all the stories I have read about this has anyone seen him referred to as the Democrat Governor of __________?

If he was a Republican it would be the first name in all stories and TV casts.

15 posted on 12/05/2008 6:05:58 AM PST by YOUGOTIT (The Greatest Threat to our Security is the Royal 100 Club)
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To: YOUGOTIT

Zero will fire Fitzgerald the US Attorney and have these investigations swept under the carpet.
We could hope for an indictment before 20 Jan. but things move slowly with the Fed.
IL was slowly taken over by Chicago. “Down State” has no power left at all. Chicago thugs run the place.


16 posted on 12/05/2008 6:12:50 AM PST by Oldexpat (Drill Here, Drill There..we must drill everywhere.)
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To: dinoparty

17 posted on 12/05/2008 6:13:20 AM PST by KeyLargo
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To: austinaero

Don’t forget Otto Kerner, my boyhood gov of Arlington Race Track fame.


18 posted on 12/05/2008 6:14:40 AM PST by Ozone34 ("There are only two philosophies: Thomism and bullshitism!" -Leon Bloy)
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To: originalbuckeye
Illinois used to be Conservative. Eons ago my great aunt worked for Everett Dirksen (R,Senator)in DC. Chicago has been a cesspool of Dems for decades. Sadly the rest of the state has caught up to the Chicago way of doing things.

It's all about the demographics.

Those who make the babies make the future.


19 posted on 12/05/2008 6:15:43 AM PST by KayEyeDoubleDee
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To: originalbuckeye

Wrong-o, the rest of the country is going to get a taste of it. They just elected a typical Chicago thug to the highest office in the land. This country had better “Brace for impact” because the poo is going to hit the fan


20 posted on 12/05/2008 6:23:22 AM PST by BobinIL
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To: austinaero

Geesh,,,Blago could be bought for $25K?

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Multiple times.


21 posted on 12/05/2008 6:30:30 AM PST by STARWISE ((They (Dims) think of this WOT as Bush's war, not America's war-RichardMiniter, respected OBL author)
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To: dinoparty

Rezko.


22 posted on 12/05/2008 6:30:57 AM PST by Fishtalk (Tell McCain- stop reaching across the aisle ; America voted for the guy who always voted "present".)
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To: Ozone34; Chigirl 26
Let's also not forget former Illinois governor, Dan Walker, Dem, sentenced to 7 years in the federal can for fraud. He served about 18 months, if I remember correctly.

Then he petitioned for a presidential pardon.....but didn't get one.

Leni

23 posted on 12/05/2008 6:33:02 AM PST by MinuteGal
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To: dinoparty

People in blue states will never learn when it’s time to throw out the bad regardless of the letter next to their name.


24 posted on 12/05/2008 6:34:56 AM PST by My Favorite Headache (Forget the 3AM phone call. Obama can not even answer the phone at 3PM.)
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To: dinoparty

This state is one of the most corrupt in the nation. remember though, DemocRATS don’t go to jail. They’re above the law.


25 posted on 12/05/2008 6:44:20 AM PST by teletech (Friends don't let friends vote DemocRAT)
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To: dinoparty

Am I to assume this guy is a Democrat, since there is no mention of party affiliation in the first four paragraphs?


26 posted on 12/05/2008 7:01:53 AM PST by ponygirl
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To: dinoparty

No mention of party in title, first sentence, or first paragraph. I assume he’s a democrat then...


27 posted on 12/05/2008 7:29:02 AM PST by icwhatudo
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To: originalbuckeye

Ok, the rats have won. Now their corruption is exposed...


28 posted on 12/05/2008 7:33:56 AM PST by tomymind (McCain is my President)
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To: Oldexpat

“Zero will fire Fitzgerald the US Attorney and have these investigations swept under the carpet.”

Obama’s buddy & next door neighbor is one of Fitzgerald’s prime targets. Why do I think you might have a point?


29 posted on 12/05/2008 7:34:55 AM PST by Western Phil
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To: Ozone34

And Dan Walker.


30 posted on 12/05/2008 7:38:04 AM PST by sharkhawk (Here come the Hawks)
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To: dinoparty

Ooooh, this should be good.....


31 posted on 12/05/2008 7:40:15 AM PST by mewzilla (In politics the middle way is none at all. John Adams)
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To: Oldexpat

“IL was slowly taken over by Chicago. “Down State” has no power left at all. Chicago thugs run the place.”

Illinois has become the “New York State of the Great Lakes”. That is to say, the entire politics [and condition] of the state is controlled by one disproportionally large urban area.

That said, there can be no future for conservatives or conservatism in Illinois. The only options are to put up with things there - knowing that they will never change - or to move out. That’s it.

- John


32 posted on 12/05/2008 7:42:14 AM PST by Fishrrman
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To: Gay State Conservative
Corruption in Illinois politics? Nah...I wouldn't believe it for a minute.
Did not Barack Obama lead the fight against corruption in the state government while he was in the Illinois senate?
33 posted on 12/05/2008 7:46:57 AM PST by dbz77
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To: ponygirl

I live in Central Illinois. Everywhere you go and everyone you talk to agrees this guy is a joke and an idiot. He won’t live in Springfield but rather takes a private plane back and forth from Chicago. He’s been sighted often during the work day running through the streets of his Chicago neighborhood training for marathons. The State is in the worst financial shape its ever been in history. He pledged he won’t raise taxes so to fund his pet projects he issues executive orders. He’s engaged in a public war with the Democratic Speaker, and most of the Democratic controlled legislature can’t stand him. The I word (Impeachment) has come up, but the Lt. Governor is an even bigger idiot, so he’s the lesser of two evils. Blago was reelected in 2006 by a wide margin thanks to a disastrous Republican party in Illinois and the lemmings in Chicago who vote for Democrats regardless of their qualifications.

Unbelievable!!


34 posted on 12/05/2008 7:52:56 AM PST by hillarynot (I play in Peoria)
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To: dinoparty

Wouldn’t it be interesting if Obama’s name came up in those conversations??


35 posted on 12/05/2008 8:27:54 AM PST by Txsleuth
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To: YOUGOTIT

I read what was posted and wondered the same thing, but the lack of party affiliation pretty much made me certain he is a Democrat.


36 posted on 12/05/2008 8:54:26 AM PST by Carling (After the post-election GOP attacks against Gov. Palin, I am sad to say I am leaving the party..)
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To: Clintonfatigued

My first thought is that this man should not be allowed to appoint a replacement to Obama’s seat. My second thought is that it should be allowed and said replacement could be made politically weak.


37 posted on 12/05/2008 9:10:49 AM PST by Norman Bates (Steele for RNC)
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To: YOUGOTIT
"Of all the stories I have read about this has anyone seen him referred to as the Democrat Governor of __________?"

Crooks stick together, and Democrats and the media are birds of a feather.

38 posted on 12/05/2008 9:11:29 AM PST by libs_kma (F.U.B.O.)
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To: Fishrrman
“IL was slowly taken over by Chicago. “Down State” has no power left at all. Chicago thugs run the place.”

Based on the last election it appears Chicago thugs have taken over the country.

39 posted on 12/05/2008 9:20:21 AM PST by southlake_hoosier (.... One Nation, Under God.......)
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To: dinoparty

Bye bye Blagh.

If he goes, hello Governor Quinn, a way-left far-out Governor Moonbeam style lib. Illinois politics has gone all the way from stern and law-and-order Godfather Daley to Internationle Wildeyed Marxist.


40 posted on 12/05/2008 9:35:58 AM PST by BlueStateBlues (Blue State for business, Red State at heart..)
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To: dinoparty




Your tax dollars at work!


41 posted on 12/05/2008 9:46:04 AM PST by XR7
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To: dinoparty

It’s Chicago after all...Capone would understand


42 posted on 12/05/2008 10:59:21 AM PST by eleni121 (EN TOUTO NIKA!! + In this sign Conquer! +)
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To: dinoparty

Blago really has done Nothing for the State. He merely uses up space, air, and money. He should have been recalled like the guy from Cali.


43 posted on 12/05/2008 11:50:38 AM PST by scfischer7
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To: ponygirl

Am I to assume this guy is a Democrat, since there is no mention of party affiliation in the first four paragraphs?

Yes he’s democrat and married to a corrupt politicians daughter....who is also involved in this Rezko/Obama deal.


44 posted on 12/05/2008 12:01:17 PM PST by IndianPrincessOK (Well.......we're still here! I survived, you survived. Is this a dream or a nightmare?)
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To: hillarynot

What Chicago needs is a lot more jumpy milk cows and a lot more kerosene lanterns.


45 posted on 12/05/2008 12:52:01 PM PST by piasa
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To: XR7

Yep, you’re on the scent. Hope that Rezko has flipped ... Blago is wagering he hasn’t ... but wow, Bebe Rebozo and Burt Vance are smiling up from hell right now...


46 posted on 12/05/2008 1:10:12 PM PST by StAnDeliver (.woeM)
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To: Abathar
"Nailing him will make it three for three of Il governors won’t it?"

Nope 3 out of 5. Edger was probably honest, but had a heart attack and didn't run for reelection.

Thompson was most certainly a RINO crook, but was smart enough to not get caught.

I was joking when I took my son to the capital in Springfield last year that the should paint orange jumpsuits over their portraits.
47 posted on 12/05/2008 1:11:13 PM PST by GonzoGOP (There are millions of paranoid people in the world and they are all out to get me.)
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To: KeyLargo

Ain’t that the truth!


48 posted on 12/05/2008 3:06:45 PM PST by TheBlueMax ( I mean to live my life an obedient man, but obedient to God.)
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To: originalbuckeye
Sadly the rest of the state has caught up to the Chicago way of doing things.

Not so. My county West of Chicago is decidedly Republican as are many areas. The problem is Cook County/Chicago and a few other areas have too much power over state machinery. And the Republicans have had a dismal record lately of hosting viable conservative candidates for state offices.

49 posted on 12/05/2008 3:18:08 PM PST by bcsco (Liberals don't understand, it's impossible to pick up a turd-like Obama-by the clean end...)
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To: austinaero

Are you austinaero because you’re from Austin? I’m originally from Oak Park.


50 posted on 12/05/2008 3:20:07 PM PST by bcsco (Liberals don't understand, it's impossible to pick up a turd-like Obama-by the clean end...)
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