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  • Commentary: Rod Blagojevich: Gov. Pritzker should call a virtual legislative session to help Illinois workers through coronavirus crisis

    03/20/2020 3:53:52 AM PDT · by PBRCat · 5 replies
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | March 19, 2020 | Rod Blagojevich
    I am urging Gov. J.B. Pritzker to immediately call the Illinois General Assembly back to work for the purpose of extending emergency paid sick leave to all public and private sector workers forced into precautionary or mandatory quarantine due to the coronavirus pandemic and to suspend mortgage payments. The Illinois Constitution gives to the governor the constitutional power to call the legislature back into special legislative session anytime he or she sees fit. In this time of a worldwide pandemic, Gov. Pritzker should wait no longer and immediately exercise that power by calling the Illinois General Assembly back to work....
  • Column: Chicago’s Bleeping Golden Corruption Quote Hall of Fame. Did we land ‘the tuna’?

    02/23/2020 11:35:58 AM PST · by DUMBGRUNT · 2 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 21 Feb 2020 | John Kass
    Most of you know former Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s contribution as he talked of selling a U.S. Senate seat: “I’ve got this thing, and it’s (bleeping) golden.” “So did we land the, uh, the tuna?” allegedly belongs to indicted 14th Ward Ald. Edward Burke, according to federal documents. Burke says he did nothing wrong. But the, uh, the tuna wins my first-place vote. Whether we hear it in federal court in Burke’s own voice depends on whether Burke — a longtime confidant of Democrat Boss Madigan — ever gets on that federal bus driven by Rico and starts talking like a...
  • Why Obama May Be Terrified by Trump Commuting Blagojevich’s Sentence

    02/20/2020 9:10:44 PM PST · by bitt · 98 replies ^ | 2/20/2020 | matt margolis
    Ever since President Trump commuted the sentence of disgraced former governor of Illinois Rod Blagojevich, I’ve been asking myself why he would do such a thing. I have a theory about what might have contributed to the decision, and if I’m right, Barack Obama should be concerned. When Barack Obama won the presidency in 2008, it was then-Governor Blagojevich’s responsibility to appoint someone to fill the seat. But, Blagojevich didn’t just want to give it away, he wanted something for it. “A Senate seat is a f---ing valuable thing. You don’t just give it away for nothing,” Blagojevich said at...
  • Blagojevich thanks Trump in defiant news conference after release from prison

    02/19/2020 1:07:17 PM PST · by conservative98 · 54 replies
    Former Illinois Governor Blagojevich says he was a 'political prisoner'; Matt Finn reports from Chicago. #FoxNews
  • Opposing a Rod Blagojevich Pardon Just as Political as His Prosecution

    02/19/2020 2:24:24 PM PST · by kiryandil · 23 replies
    Newsmax ^ | January 21, 2020 | Bernard Kerik
    Overzealous, out of control, and power-hungry prosecutors wanted to send a message with the Rod Blagojevich case: if you dare to have the audacity to exercise your Constitutional rights and challenge their false claims at trial, they will use the entire weight of the United States of America to destroy your reputation in the court of public opinion, and see to it that the court imposes the most devastating of fines, penalties, and prison sentences. They will do everything in their power to destroy you personally, professionally, and financially, and worse than anything else, they insure that in the end...
  • Rod Blagojevich Press Conference

    02/19/2020 9:36:11 AM PST · by LRoggy · 73 replies
    Vanity ^ | 2/19/20 | Lee Roggenburg
    If anyone is watching his press conference it will make Dem HEADS EXPLODE! Calling the Dems racist, being gracious, giving Trump props for being a problem solver, not a normal politician not getting anything done. And the Black guy next to him nodding yes about Trump being the real deal!!!
  • Statement from the Press Secretary Regarding Executive Grants of Clemency

    02/19/2020 8:55:25 AM PST · by ransomnote · 2 replies ^ | Feb 18, 2020 | White House Press Secretary
    Today, President Donald J. Trump signed Executive Grants of Clemency granting Full Pardons to the following individuals: Edward DeBartolo, Jr., Michael Milken, Ariel Friedler, Bernard Kerik, Paul Pogue, David Safavian, and Angela Stanton. In addition, President Trump signed Executive Grants of Clemency granting commutations to Rod Blagojevich, Tynice Nichole Hall, Crystal Munoz, and Judith Negron. Edward DeBartolo, Jr., is a successful businessman, real estate developer, and member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. During the 23 years that he owned the San Francisco 49ers, the team won an unprecedented 13 division titles and 5 Super Bowl Championships. In 1998,...
  • Blagojevich thanks president for setting him free: 'I'm a Trump-ocrat'

    02/19/2020 6:54:03 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 81 replies
    NBC "News" ^ | February 18, 2020 | By Phil Helsel
    Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, freed from prison Tuesday, heaped "profound and everlasting gratitude" on President Donald Trump for commuting his sentence. "President Trump is the one who did this, and I'm ... profoundly grateful," Blagojevich, who was a Democrat, told reporters Tuesday night at Denver International Airport. "He's got obviously a big fan in me," said Blagojevich, who has gone totally gray since entering prison. "And if you’re asking me what my party affiliation is, I’m a Trump-ocrat." "He didn't have to do this. He’s a Republican president; I was a Democratic governor," Blagojevich said. "My fellow Democrats have...
  • Trump's commutation of Blagojevich sentence sparks anger from Illinois House Republican leader

    02/18/2020 4:00:19 PM PST · by Leaning Right · 119 replies
    Fox News ^ | Feb. 18,2020 | Louis Casiano
    The Illinois House Republican leader blasted President Trump on Tuesday for granting clemency to former Democratic Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who was convicted of trying to sell Barack Obama's vacant Senate seat after he was elected president. "It's very disappointing," Jim Durkin told reporters in the state capitol in Springfield. “We have a massive federal investigation into corruption in the state of Illinois and this action distracts and dilutes what I think is the proper role of the Department of Justice — to root out corruption,” He said Blagojevich was "rouge on steroids" during his tenure as governor.
  • Who helped Barack Obama avoid the taint of Chicago corruption?

    06/01/2016 5:37:51 AM PDT · by libstripper · 40 replies
    American Thinker ^ | June 1, 2016 | Lee Cary
    How did Barack Obama emerge from Chicago in 2008 untainted by political corruption? His rise to power began at the 2004 Democratic Party Convention when Illinois State Senator Barack Obama was catapulted onto the national stage by the alluring force of his oratory.
  • Body found burned in River North identified as veteran real estate attorney

    01/19/2017 4:28:56 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 48 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | January 19, 2017 | By Rosemary Regina Sobol
    A badly burned body found on the floor of a River North parking garage early Tuesday has been identified as a 60-year-old real estate attorney, officials said. Louis S. Cohen, 60, was of the 200 block of Ivy Lane in Highland Park, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office. An autopsy Wednesday was pending and did not determine a cause and manner for Cohen’s death, the office said. Just before 6 a.m. Tuesday, police and fire crews responded to a fire in the 11th floor of a parking garage in the 300 block of North LaSalle Drive and found...
  • Lehman Brothers: Obama’s Rezko-Auchi conflict of interest

    09/17/2008 11:34:21 AM PDT · by AndrewWalden · 13 replies · 325+ views
    Hawaii Free Press ^ | 09-17-08 | Andrew Walden
    Democratic Presidential candidate Barack Obama was quick to blame the bankruptcy of Wall Street giant Lehman Brothers on Republicans’ “failed philosophy”. Obama’s September 15 comments were repeated throughout the media--yet reporters have not noted Obama’s glaring conflict of interest—the Lehman debt owed to a bank owned by the financier who loaned millions of dollars to Tony Rezko.
  • Trump Commutes Sentence For Ex-Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich

    02/18/2020 11:22:16 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 49 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 02/18/20 | ANDERS HAGSTROM
    President Donald Trump commuted the sentence of former Democratic Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, the New York Times reported Tuesday.Several Trump administration aides had claimed to ABC that the president is planning to grant the former governor clemency. Trump had previously hinted he was looking into commuting the 14-year sentence, which was originally handed down after Blagojevich was convicted of trying to sell the Senate seat of then-president elect Barack Obama in 2008, according to NBC Chicago. “Yes, we commuted the sentence of Rod Blagojevich. he served eight years in jail, a long time. He seems like a very nice person, don’t know him,” Trump...
  • Trump commutes sentence of ex-Illinois Gov. Blagojevich, pardons ex-NY police commissioner Kerik, ex-49ers owner DeBartolo

    02/18/2020 11:12:22 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 43 replies
    cnbc ^ | 02/18/2020
    Trump commuted the remainder of Blagojevich’s 14-year prison term. the Illinois Democrat had begun serving that sentence in 2013 after he was found guilty of attempting to trade the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Barack Obama for money or favors. The president announced that he had issued pardons to Kerik and DeBartolo. Kerik, who oversaw the NYPD during the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, pleaded guilty in 2009 to charges of felony tax fraud and lying to the government. He was released from federal prison in 2013.
  • Trump expected to commute sentencing of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich

    02/18/2020 10:36:51 AM PST · by Brown Deer · 88 replies
    ABC News ^ | February 18, 2020 | John Santucci and Katherine Faulders
    President Donald Trump is expected to commute the sentence of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, multiple senior level sources tell ABC News. Among the causes that lead to Blagojevich's original conviction was the charge that he sought to exchange an appointment to former President Barack Obama's vacated U.S. Senate seat in exchange for campaign money. Blagojevich, a Democrat, has been a resident of the Federal Correctional Institution, in Englewood -- near Littleton, Colorado -- since March 15, 2012, where he is known as Inmate No. 40892-424.
  • Blagojevich: House Democrats Would Have Impeached Lincoln

    01/02/2020 2:34:47 PM PST · by MuttTheHoople · 95 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Wednesday, 01 January 2020 | Rod Blagojevich
    I, like most people from my home state of Illinois, am a great admirer of Abraham Lincoln. Recently I've wondered what would have happened had Nancy Pelosi been the Speaker of the House when Abraham Lincoln was president. Would Speaker Pelosi's House Democrats use the same flimsy impeachment standard they are currently using to impeach Honest Abe, one of the greatest presidents in the history of our country? In 1998 I was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives during the Clinton impeachment, and in 2009, as the 40th governor of Illinois, I had the unhappy experience of being...
  • Jesse Jackson urges Trump to pardon former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich

    07/17/2019 7:14:11 PM PDT · by DeathBeforeDishonor1 · 27 replies
    Fox ^ | 7/17/19 | Andrew Oreilly
    The Rev. Jesse Jackson sent a personal appeal to President Trump last Friday, asking him to pardon the imprisoned former governor of Illinois, Rod Blagojevich. Jackson, the civil rights leader whose nonprofit Rainbow PUSH Coalition is based in Chicago, argued that Blagojevich’s 14-year sentence is “unfair and unnecessary.” “Rod Blagojevich was a governor that cared for the people in the state of Illinois,” Jackson said in a letter that was co-signed by former congressman Jesse Jackson Jr., his son. “We stand with his family as they seek a full pardon for a father and husband that has served most of...
  • Did Eric Holder Collude with the "Chicago Outfit" for $300K?

    09/10/2018 6:41:15 AM PDT · by PBRCat · 24 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | September 7, 2018 | Lee Cary
    In March 2004, the Illinois Gaming Board awarded the license to the City of Rosemont, Illinois, adjacent to O’Hare Airport. In response to allegations that criminal interests aligned with the “Chicago Outfit” (AKA “The Mob”) were active in Rosemont, then Illinois Governor Blagojevich, now prisoner #40892-424 in the custody of the Federal Bureau of Prisons, hired Eric Holder, former Deputy U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder during the Clinton Administration, to investigate, draft and release a report that would clear the Rosemont casino project with a clean bill of health. “‘The concern was Holder had a bias to do whatever Blagojevich...
  • On pardons

    06/04/2018 7:55:41 AM PDT · by Cheerio · 25 replies
    Power Line ^ | June 3, 2018 | Paul Mirengoff
    The editors of the Washington Post are upset that President Trump pardoned Dinesh D’Souza. They also express concern that Trump might pardon Martha Stewart and Rod Blagojevich. I have no problem with the D’Souza pardon. The Obama administration threw the book at D’Souza for a relatively small campaign finance law offense that, as I understand it, normally results in a slap on the wrist. It did so, in all likelihood, for the same reason the Post is unhappy with the pardon — D’Souza was a strident and effective critic of the Obama administration and of liberalism in general. According to...
  • Blagojevich Breaks Silence From Prison

    09/12/2017 10:23:40 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 9 replies ^ | 11 SEPT 2017 | Phil Rogers
    Rod Blagojevich makes no bones about it. He’s doing a great job in his current position. “I’ve been given the jurisdiction to sweep and mop two floors,” he says. “So my jurisdiction has shrunk from the fifth biggest state in America, to these two floors. But I don’t care what anybody says, I believe in clean government, and I believe in clean floors.” ... It is Blagojevich’s first public comment since he entered FCI Englewood five and a half years ago. .. “Do you realize, I have twice been given a longer prison sentence than Al Capone?” he says. “I’ve...