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  • Shock Transcript: IL Senate Linked Obama with Corrupt Blagojevich Ally; Called Him Obama’s “Mentor”

    05/04/2014 5:22:09 AM PDT · by therightliveswithus · 10 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 5/4/14 | Aurelius
    In a previously unpublicized transcript from 2004, the Illinois State Senate specifically linked then US Senator-Elect Barack Obama with corrupt politician and Rod Blagojevich ally Emil Jones Jr. More than simply connecting the two, the transcript specifically calls Jones Mr. Obama's "mentor" and his "political godfather." The transcript was written on November 8, 2004, soon after Mr. Obama was elected to the United States Senate. Ironically, the subject of the section in which the soon-to-be Senator was linked to Jones was written in praise of Mr. Obama. The quote comes from Senate Resolution 716, which was in place to congratulate...
  • Ex-Aide to Obama Pal Pleads Guilty to Stealing Taxpayer Funds

    04/11/2014 2:25:13 PM PDT · by PBRCat · 10 replies
    The Chicago Sun Times ^ | April 11, 2014 | Chris Fusco and Dave McKinney
    former chief of staff for the Illinois state public health department pleaded guilty Thursday to stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars in taxpayer money through a kickback scheme that began when Dr. Eric E. Whitaker, a close friend of President Barack Obama, headed the agency. Whitaker brought in Quinshaunta R. Golden, a niece of U.S. Rep. Danny Davis, D-Ill., as his top aide in 2003 after then-Gov. Rod Blagojevich hired him as public health chief. Their spouses — Dr. Cheryl S. Rucker-Whitaker and Victor Golden, who is now a $111,432-a-year administrator with the Illinois Lottery — went into business together...
  • Rod Blagojevich is Peeling Potatoes in (Federal) Prison

    09/30/2013 7:17:17 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 41 replies
    89 WLS AM ^ | Wednesday, September 25, 2013 | Bill Cameron
    Rod Blagojevich is peeling potatoes in prison Rod Blagojevich is "a lovely guy," according to defense attorney Sam Adam Sr. Apparently he isn't the only one with that assessment. Adam says that Blago's fellow prisoners "just adore him." So what does the Bureau of Prisons have him doing? "They've got him working in the kitchen peeling potatoes just like I did in the Army! They've given him a lot of time to run and exercise. He’s settled in now, which knowing the Bureau of Prisons, they’ll probably transfer him!"
  • Saudi prisoner moved to federal prison in Colo. ( Homaidan al-Turki )

    09/07/2013 7:55:50 AM PDT · by george76 · 25 replies
    Associated Press ^ | September 6, 2013 | COLLEEN SLEVIN
    Homaidan al-Turki had been held at the Limon Correctional Facility and was moved to the Federal Correctional Institution Englewood, a minimum security prison. ... Al-Turki's request to serve out his sentence in Saudi Arabia was denied in March by then prisons' chief Tom Clements. Clements was shot and killed the following week when he answered his front door.
  • Politically connected ex-Mutual Bank president barred from banking ( Obama mentioned )

    07/01/2013 6:59:49 PM PDT · by george76 · 6 replies
    Crain's Chicago Business ^ | July 01, 2013 | Steve Daniels
    Amrish Mahajan, former president of failed Mutual Bank of Harvey and a major fundraiser for imprisoned former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, has been barred from future participation in the banking industry under a newly released regulatory order. Mr. Mahajan consented, without admitting or denying unsafe or unsound banking practices, to a May 1 order by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. prohibiting him from participating “in any manner” in the conduct of the affairs of any federally insured institution. ... Mr. Mahajan was known for his political connections, particularly to Mr. Blagojevich. Mutual Bank briefly entered the realm of national politics after...
  • Who Got a Rawer Deal, Rod Blagojevich or Jesse Jackson Jr.? (Hussein's pals)

    03/15/2013 7:43:21 PM PDT · by Libloather · 9 replies
    NBC Chicago ^ | 3/15/13 | Edward McClelland
    **SNIP** There was no evidence that Blago planned to spend the money on, say, a football signed by all the living ex-presidents. Although he could have used it. The vain governor and his first lady had spent $400,000 on clothes during his six years in office. As a result of such profligacy, their house was falling apart from disrepair. As the Tribune’s Mary Schmich wrote, “The roof needed repairs. The paint on the windowsills was cracked. The lawn was tired.” So how much would Blagojevich have had to steal to make his 14-year-sentence worth it? Using the Jackson standard of...
  • Thanks to Team Obama's Reckless 'Felon' Accusations, Tony Rezko Issue NOW IN PLAY

    07/15/2012 12:01:41 PM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 23 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | July 15, 2012 | Reaganite Republican
    How 'bout a little refresher re. Obama political Godfather  and actual (16-count!) convicted felon Tony Rezko...? The Syrian-born Rezko is an infamous Chicago slumlord, fast-food restauranteur, and sleazy political operator who played a key role in the Blagojevich case- as well as the unlikley ascension to power of Barrack Hussein Obama.Obama's longtime ally, friend, and top fundraiser was found guilty of 16/24 counts of felony influence peddling back in June 2008. Of course the story was mostly buried/detached from his bud Barry in the run-up to that year's most unfortunate (for us) presidential election whilst the jury convicted Rezko of wire...
  • Book: Jesse Jackson, Jr., Offered to Arrange a Blagojevich Pardon from Obama

    09/10/2012 10:03:19 PM PDT · by PBRCat · 17 replies
    The Chicago Sun Times ^ | September 10, 2012 | Natasha Korecki
    Chicago Sun-Times reporter Natasha Korecki followed every step of Blagojevich’s downfall. She details his demise in a new book — Only in Chicago: How the Rod Blagojevich Scandal Engulfed Illinois; Embroiled Barack Obama, Rahm Emanuel, and Jesse Jackson, Jr.; and Enthralled the Nation. The book raises the question of whether Jesse Jackson Jr., the congressman son of the famed civil rights leader, plotted to arrange a pardon for Blagojevich from President Barack Obama.
  • Book: Blagojevich said he believed $25,000 was channeled to Obama

    08/08/2012 3:33:38 PM PDT · by Fred · 10 replies
    chicagotribune.com ^ | 080812 | Steve Mills and Todd Light
    An upcoming book about Rod Blagojevich says undercover tape-recordings caught the former governor saying he had heard that convicted influence peddler Antoin "Tony" Rezko secretly channeled $25,000 in cash to Barack Obama, but federal authorities did not deem the claim credible. The book, "Golden: How Rod Blagojevich Talked Himself Out of the Governor's Office and into Prison," suggests Blagojevich was talking about an undisclosed payment to help Obama with his 2004 campaign for the U.S. Senate.
  • Jesse Jackson Jr. takes medical leave of absence

    06/25/2012 6:13:09 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 46 replies
    AP ^ | 6-25-12 | SOPHIA TAREEN
    CHICAGO—U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., who defeated a primary challenge this year despite being the target of a House ethics investigation, has been on a medical leave for two weeks and is being treated for exhaustion, his office announced Monday. In a three-sentence news release, Jackson's office disclosed that the Democrat went on leave June 10 but did not provide further details, including how long he would be away. In the release, he asked that his family's privacy be respected.
  • ABC 7 Exclusive: Tony Rezko talks from prison (refuses to discuss BHO)

    05/31/2012 4:39:01 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 18 replies
    ABC7Chicago ^ | 5-30-12 | Charles Thomas
    Convicted political fundraiser Antoin "Tony" Rezko has granted his first television interview since he went to prison for corruption. "I was indicted, tried and convicted for a crime I did not commit," he told ABC7's Charles Thomas. "Here I am serving a 10 and a 1/2 year sentence that I believe I do not deserve." Rezko was the wealthiest and most influential member of former governor Rod Blagojevich's inner circle. As he sits in the federal penitentiary in downstate Pekin, Ill., four years after his conviction, Rezko still says he did not do it. At least not the 16 fraud,...
  • Documents: Obama friend Whitaker had history with Jeremiah Wright

    05/16/2012 12:02:59 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 6 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | May 16, 2012 | Matthew Boyle
    Documents obtained by The Daily Caller show that President Barack Obama’s close friend Eric Whitaker, who runs the University of Chicago Medical Center’s Urban Health Initiative, spoke at Rev. Jeremiah Wright’s Chicago-area church in 2006. Whitaker was a speaker at Wright’s Trinity United Church of Christ during a Sept. 17, 2006 “Health Care Justice Forum,” according to a church bulletin TheDC obtained. The bulletin is no longer on the church’s website. Whitaker made headline news Monday when New York Times bestselling author Edward Klein alleged during a radio interview with Sean Hannity that Whitaker offered Wright $150,000 to stay silent...
  • Longtime Obama pal Eric Whitaker keeps popping onto political scene

    05/15/2012 10:54:14 AM PDT · by LucyT · 16 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 05/15/2012 | Vince Coglianese
    Eric Whitaker has been friends with Obama ever since...". Whitaker — who now runs the Urban Health Initiative (UHI) out of the University of Chicago Medical Center — often vacations with the first family, is a regular golf partner of Obama and has organized Chicago-area parties when the president visits the Windy City. Publicly released visitor logs show “Eric Whitaker” officially visited the White House 7 times during the Obama admin..." Whitaker had purportedly offered Rev. Jeremiah Wright — an infamous and challenging weight on Obama’s 2008 campaign — $150,000 to stay silent..."
  • On last day free, Blagojevich to offer last word

    03/18/2012 3:10:55 PM PDT · by Jean S · 10 replies
    AP ^ | 3/14/12 | MICHAEL TARM
    CHICAGO (AP) — On his last full day of freedom, Rod Blagojevich will do what he loved doing while Illinois governor and as he unsuccessfully defended himself against corruption charges: He'll step up to a microphone and talk.Blagojevich, known for colorful speeches and a habit of quoting historical figures, is set to speak outside his Chicago home Wednesday evening. The 55-year-old Democrat is due to report to a Colorado prison on Thursday to begin a 14-year sentence, making him the state's second governor in a row to go to prison for corruption.More than 50 reporters were swarming his home by...
  • Bureau of Prisons assigns number to Blagojevich (40892-424)

    03/07/2012 8:18:36 AM PST · by DogByte6RER · 17 replies
    SJ-R.com ^ | Mar 06, 2012 | AP
    Bureau of Prisons assigns number to Blagojevich (FBI mugshot of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich) The Federal Bureau of Prisons has given Blagojevich the number 40892-424. Typically, once inmates are assigned a number, it is their individual number throughout their prison term. It is also typically affixed to their prison clothes. The 55-year-old Blagojevich has been ordered to report to prison on March 15. While he has asked to be incarcerated at the Federal Correctional Institution Englewood in Colorado, he could be sent elsewhere. Blagojevich in December received a 14-year sentence. He was sentenced on 18 corruption-related counts, including charges that...
  • Chicago Area Has Most Corruption Convictions in Nation, UIC Study Says

    02/19/2012 10:49:05 AM PST · by DogByte6RER · 16 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | February 15, 2012 | Hal Dardick
    Chicago area has most corruption convictions in nation, UIC study says The Chicago area logged the most public corruption convictions of any federal jurisdiction in the United States during the past 36 years, according to a report released today by the University of Illinois at Chicago. Federal prosecutors secured a total of 1,531 public corruption convictions in the Northern District of Illinois since 1976, said Dick Simpson, head of the university’s political science department. Meanwhile, Illinois logged 1,828 public corruption convictions, the third most of any state, according to the report. Only California and New York had more. But those...
  • Chicago rules, “Who are you going to believe, me or your lying eyes?”

    01/15/2012 8:21:06 AM PST · by jmaroneps37 · 6 replies
    coachisright.com ^ | January 15, 2012 | Suzanne Eovaldi, staff writer
    A hysterically funny Email making the rounds is called Chicago Rules and would make me laugh if I didn’t want to cry first. “The guy on the left: He’s Santa Claus. And the guy on the right. . he’s the Easter Bunny! That’s all you need to know” introduces the Barack Obama quote denying any close contact with disgraced and soon to be jailed former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich. According to the Email, Obama is alleged to have only acknowledged seeing the former governor from a distance in the stands at a Chicago Bears football game. The Chicago Rules Email...
  • Bragging Rights

    01/12/2012 8:16:45 AM PST · by PBRCat · 4 replies
    Chicago Daily Observer ^ | January 12, 2012 | Daniel J. Kelley
    According to some child psychologists, there is a demonstrable tendency among children who have been victimized by bullies to progress to becoming aggressors themselves. Another symptom associated with bullies is a pronounced tendency for such persons to also be braggarts. It does make you wonder. What exactly happened on the playground at recess when Rahm Emanuel was growing up? When it was announced that Bill Daley was leaving the position of White House Chief of Staff, Rahm Emanuel came to the defense of his successor at the White House. Emanuel was quoted as saying, “Historically, the modern Chief of Staff...
  • WAY-TO-GO Democratic Voters of Illinois !!!

    12/27/2011 7:22:17 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 14 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | December 27, 2011 | Reaganite Republican
    With morally-warped exhibitionist 'Hot' Rod Blagojevich checking-into the Gray Bar Hotel for a spell, you're now looking at FOUR of the last six Illinois governors sent to federal penitentiary- if anyone's still keeping count. The equivalent of batting .666... isn't that special. Anyhoo, you people sure do know how to pick a winner... and what a swell president you sent us! As for the shockingly-corrupt Illinois Democratic 'machine', at least they're getting caught, I guess- tho it's hard to say the convictions have produced any sort of deterrent effect.Call it the Illinois Institute of Kleptocracy... just the way things 'work' in the world's biggest cow...
  • Jackson On Blagojevich Sentence: ‘Sad Day For Illinois’ (Jr. behind bars soon?)

    12/11/2011 12:22:17 PM PST · by Libloather · 12 replies · 1+ views
    Jackson On Blagojevich Sentence: ‘Sad Day For Illinois’December 8, 2011 9:50 PM CHICAGO (CBS) – U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.) was speaking out for the first time on Thursday about the 14-year sentence handed down to former Gov. Rod Blagojevich. As CBS 2′s Mike Parker reports, at a rally for Chicago postal workers, Jackson declared that the Blagojevich scandal has “shamed our state.” He also said Blagojevich’s sentencing was “a sad day for Illinois, a very sad day for (Blagojevich’s) wife and for his family. No one is shouting with glee, with excitement over what happened and transpired.”
  • Taxpayer-Funded Housing for an Illinois Pol

    12/09/2011 8:04:06 AM PST · by jfd1776
    Illinois Review ^ | December 9, 2011 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    Racetracks exist at the pleasure of the state. As highly regulated businesses, they need the blessing of the state to set up shop, to open for business, to continue from year to year. If they want to hold more races per day than they used to, or to be open more days per week, or more weeks per year, they need the permission of the state. And, as in most states, the Illinois gaming commission is run, for the most part, by the governor. In 1969, Governor Otto Kerner (D, The Stables) was discovered to have accepted bribes (in the...
  • Rod Blagojevich sentenced to 14 years in prison for corruption

    12/07/2011 1:39:37 PM PST · by DoughtyOne · 81 replies · 1+ views
    guardian.co.uk ^ | December 7th, 2011 - Wednesday | guardian.co.uk staff
    Rod Blagojevich, the ousted Illinois governor whose three-year battle against criminal charges became a national spectacle, was sentenced to 14 years in prison Wednesday, one of the stiffest penalties imposed for corruption in a state with a history of crooked politics.
  • Breaking: Blago gets 14 year sentence

    12/07/2011 11:23:23 AM PST · by RobinMasters · 37 replies
    Hot Air ^ | DECEMBER 6, 2011 | Ed Morrissey
    Rod Blagojevich’s sentencing started off with a surprise admission from his legal team that acknowledged the disgraced Illinois governor had engaged in corruption — which was followed by a lengthy apology in which Blagojevich claimed he didn’t realize that he was doing anything wrong. The strategy apparently impressed the judge only enough to reduce the potential sentence from 20 years, but still slammed Blagojevich with a 14-year sentence: Disgraced former Gov. Rod Blagojevich was sentenced Wednesday to 14 years in prison after making a final plea for leniency, acknowledging his guilt and saying, “I am unbelievably sorry.” “I believe he...
  • Patti Blagojevich pleads with judge: 'Be merciful'

    12/06/2011 6:20:00 PM PST · by bigbob · 27 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 12-6-11 | Staff
    Rod Blagojevich's sentencing hearing has ended for the day, with the defense emphasizing the damage a long prison sentence would have on Blagojevich’s family. Lawyer Aaron Goldstein also read a letter read to the court from Blagojevich’s wife, Patti. “Your honor, I ask you humbly with the life of my husband and the childhood of my daughters in your hands, be merciful,” she wrote to U.S. District Judge James Zagel. Her husband’s worst fear was that he would not be able to see his daughters grow up, Goldstein said, prompting both Rod and Patti Blagojevich to tear up as they...
  • NO BLAGO plate up for sale on eBay the day of Blagojevich sentencing! (Vanity)

    12/06/2011 11:47:00 AM PST · by BillyBoy · 14 replies
    My eBay list ^ | December 6, 2011 | BillyBoy
    NO BLAGO plate up for sale on eBay the day of Blagojevich sentencing! (Vanity) Hey FReepers, Since I’ve been on this forum for over a decade I hope you’ll excuse this one little indulgence. I believe the FR community will find this news pretty cool. This is a vanity thread about a vanity license plate I’m selling on eBay this week. I am the proud owner (soon to be former owner) of the only NO BLAGO license plate in Illinois. I’m surprised someone in the lamestream media never noticed that and asked me about the item. (Ironically, if you...
  • Tony Rezko sentenced to 10.5 years in prison (wow!)

    11/22/2011 9:17:22 AM PST · by STARWISE · 114 replies · 2+ views
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | 11-22-11 | Natasha Korecki
    A federal judge sentenced Tony Rezko to 10 1/2 years in prison Tuesday, describing his actions under Rod Blagojevich’s tenure as “selfish and corrupt.” Rezko has already served about 44 months. His daughter burst into tears at hearing the sentence. U.S. District Judge Amy St. Eve said she found it offensive that Rezko put at risk the Teachers’ Retirement System by scheming for kickbacks with a board member in 2004. “You put their retirements at risk for your own greed and your own thirst for power,” St. Eve said. A pale, thin Rezko gave a brief statement before he learned...
  • How much time will Tony Rezko serve? (sentencing today- will he stay mum forever?)

    11/22/2011 8:38:37 AM PST · by STARWISE · 29 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | 11-21-11 | Natasha Korecki
    Long known as the “political fixer,” who was friends with a politically young Barack Obama, Tony Rezko once grabbed headlines in a presidential campaign. At the same time in Illinois, Rezko’s name was synonymous with a federal investigation into former Gov. Rod Blagojevich. But since Rezko volunteered to go jail after his 2008 conviction, he’s settled in as not much more than a footnote in both politics and corruption. That’s partly because the investigation into Blagojevich exploded after Rezko’s trial, taking a new turn involving the sale of President Obama’s U.S. Senate seat — conduct that happened when Rezko was...
  • Prosecutors: Rezko should get up to 15 years in prison

    11/04/2011 4:32:07 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 18 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | 11-4-11 | Natasha Korecki
    Federal prosecutors say Tony Rezko deserves to spend up to 15 years in prison for his crimes in two separate cases and that he damaged his own credibility by lying to the court. Prosecutors for the first time publicly addressed why they never called the convicted political fund-raiser to the witness stand after he began cooperating in 2008. They say in more than 19 meetings with them, he did not fully tell the truth about his own wrongdoing until he was confronted by agents with new information. Prosecutors said juries would never have accepted his word. “Rezko’s cooperation was heavily...
  • The guy who couldn't be touched is, finally (huge IL pubbie corruptocrat convicted)

    11/03/2011 9:49:44 AM PDT · by STARWISE · 25 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 11-2-11 | John Kass
    Guys like Bill Cellini don't get indicted in Illinois. And the puppet masters don't sit at the defense table in federal court, tapping their fingers, waiting for the jury to pronounce judgment. *snip* They're Democrats, they're Republicans. They're the bosses of the Combine. *snip* All involved should know that their ((prosecutors)) work is appreciated, by every taxpayer in this thoroughly corrupt state who've wondered how the puppet masters of the Combine keep getting away with it. On Tuesday, they didn't get away with it. And Bill Cellini went down.
  • Blagojevich Sentencing Is Delayed

    09/26/2011 12:15:21 PM PDT · by La Enchiladita · 13 replies
    AP via WSJ ^ | Sept. 26, 2011 | Staff
    CHICAGO—A federal judge on Monday delayed the sentencing for ousted Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich on multiple corruption convictions, including attempted extortion for trying to sell or trade President Barack Obama's vacated U.S. Senate seat in exchange for campaign donations or a high-paying job. A three-sentence notice posted electronically by U.S. District Judge James Zagel said simply that Mr. Blagojevich's Oct. 6 sentencing date has been "stricken until further order by the court." ... Mr. Blagojevich faces a maximum sentence of around 300 years in prison—though federal guidelines dictate he get far less. Most legal experts say Judge Zagel is likely...
  • BLAGO VERDICT ON 18 COUNTS REACHED... DEVELOPING...

    06/27/2011 8:57:34 AM PDT · by kcvl · 95 replies
    Developing...
  • Blagojevich Was Not Alone in Illinois Political Corruption

    05/27/2011 8:22:03 AM PDT · by PBRCat · 11 replies
    The Chicago Daily Observer ^ | May 27, 2011 | Daniel J. Kelley
    [M]any of Blagojevich’s former friends and playmates deny knowing him or they are keeping their distance. Erstwhile friends such De Leo, Saviano, Quinn and others have vanished or suffered political amnesia. [F]ormer Illinois State Senator Barack H. Obama used to count Blagojevich and the wheeler dealer Antonin “Tony” Rezko as his friends. President Obama, US Representative Jan Schakowsky (D-9th) and the newly elected Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel used to actively court Blagojevich when they were climbing the political ladder or seeking favors. Emanuel and his family contributed to Blagojevich’s campaign fund on a reliable basis. Schakowsky, herself, sought to be...
  • Blago trial updates - Jesse Jr, Rahm

    05/25/2011 11:00:39 AM PDT · by STARWISE · 6 replies
    SunTimes ^ | 5-25-11 | Lark Turner, others
    The Blago Blog - Inside the Rod Blagojevich investigation and related cases Jackson statement: 'I have many strong feelings' about the caseBy Lark Turner on May 25, 2011 11:42 AM In a statement from Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.'s lawyer Reid Weingarten, the congressman said he had "strong feelings" about Rod Blagojevich's trial, but wouldn't elaborate. "As you can imagine, I have many strong feelings about this entire matter," Jackson says in the statement. "My strongest feeling, however, is respect for our judicial system. Therefore, I will have no further comment about the case or how it has affected me until...
  • Blagojevich Asks for Notes From F.B.I. Interview With Obama

    04/04/2011 10:58:55 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 6 replies · 1+ views
    nytimes.com ^ | April 4, 2011 | EMMA G. FITZSIMMONS
    CHICAGO – Lawyers for Rod R. Blagojevich, the former governor of Illinois, are asking a judge for access to notes from an interview President Obama had with federal authorities over his former Senate seat. The request was made in a motion filed Monday in advance of Mr. Blagojevich’s April 20 retrial on federal corruption charges. The judge rejected a similar request before Mr. Blagojevich’s first trial last summer. Mr. Blagojevich will be tried again on 20 counts after the jury in the first trial was deadlocked on most charges. Prosecutors claim that Mr. Blagojevich tried to sell the Senate seat...
  • Rod Blagojevich to teens: Politics is disillusioning profession

    04/03/2011 3:47:38 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 14 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | April 2, 2011 | Steve Schering
    The keynote speaker at the convention of the Junior State of America — a group that aims to develop young political leaders — had an uplifting message for the 230 students in attendance Saturday in Oak Brook. “Young people can change the system,” he said. “It doesn’t happen overnight. Pick yourself up and never give in. Adversity will only make you stronger.” ...delivering the message was impeached Gov. Rod Blagojevich, a convicted felon, might seem unusual for a group trying to strengthen American democracy. But he was well received by the students, who came in from across the state, as...
  • VIDEO - MUST see - connecting the dots: Obama, Rezko, Iraq money

    10/24/2008 11:07:56 AM PDT · by STARWISE · 27 replies · 1,845+ views
    MetaCafe ^ | 10-24-08
    According to the linked page: "Unnamed freelance journalist has the goods on Obama and Rezko"
  • Rod Blagojevich to judge: Sentence me now and cancel retrial

    03/09/2011 8:31:50 AM PST · by STARWISE · 19 replies
    Sun Times ^ | 3-9-11 | Natasha Korecki
    Rod Blagojevich wants to cancel his retrial, asking to be sentenced immediately, however, prosecutors and the judge would have to approve of the request. His lawyers filed a five-page motion asking to proceed to sentencing right away and avoid a retrial that’s set to begin April 20. “A second prosecution of this case is an irresponsible use of taxpayer funds in light of the current economic crisis and Blagojevich’s imminent sentencing on the conviction from the first trial,” lawyers wrote in the motion. U.S. District Judge James Zagel and federal prosecutors would have to agree however, to dismiss the remaining...
  • Rezko gave Gutierrez a deal on town house (Gutierrez, IL Dem Rep)

    11/14/2010 8:06:03 PM PST · by STARWISE · 11 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | 11-8-10 | Natasha Korecki
    Congressman told FBI he asked for -- and got -- free home upgrades ### Convicted political fixer Tony Rezko gave U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez free upgrades on a riverfront town house after the congressman asked for them, Gutierrez told the FBI, the Chicago Sun-Times has learned. Gutierrez's comments to federal agents in a previously undisclosed 2008 interview contradict what the congressman told the Sun-Times in 2006 about the purchase. "I walked in with my wife -- as any other consumer could have -- and purchased the unit at the listed price, with no considerations," the Northwest Side congressman said then,...
  • Blagojevich Wants 'Missing' Phone Calls Recovered

    02/08/2011 8:48:58 AM PST · by safetysign · 28 replies
    NBC Chicago ^ | 02/08/2011 | Phil Rogers
    Attorneys for former governor Rod Blagojevich have asked a federal judge to order prosecutors to produce two phone calls his lawyers say are mysteriously missing from evidence. In a motion filed overnight, Blagojevich's attorneys say the calls would support the former governor's contention that he is innocent of charges alleging he attempted to sell Barack Obama's U.S. Senate seat after the November 2008 election. While much of the motion is blacked out to comply with orders that the conversations remain under seal, it appears at least one of the alleged conversations was between then Chief of Staff John Harris and...
  • Lawyers push for new trial for convicted Blago buddy (Rezko)

    12/06/2010 5:32:03 PM PST · by STARWISE · 2 replies
    Sun Times ^ | 12-1-10 | Natasha Korecki
    Two years after his conviction, Tony Rezko’s lawyers are asking for a new trial. And if two years was too long to wait to ask, blame the government -- and the U.S. Supreme Court, they say. Rezko’s lawyers argued in a Tuesday filing that the businessman who was once part of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s inner circle, started talks with the feds right after his June, 2008 conviction. At the time, Rezko volunteered to be taken into custody. “As this court is aware, Rezko began cooperating with the government shortly after the jury returned its verdict and, at the government’s...
  • Video--the FBI mole, Valerie Jarrett, and the Chicago political mob

    11/18/2010 10:10:32 PM PST · by Nachum · 71 replies
    examiner.com ^ | 11/18/10 | Anthony G. Martin
    New information has been uncovered by investigators delving into the looming White House/Department of Justice/Chicago political mob scandal. My latest video, posted in the left column, provides the details. Several items are worth noting. First, the New Black Panther voter intimidation case at the Department of Justice is only the tip of the iceberg. There is good reason and evidence to suspect that the Democratic Party has engaged in nationwide voter fraud and election tampering on a scale never before seen in American politics. The players allegedly involved are named in the video. Second, a separate scandal is developing regarding...
  • Rahm Residency Issue Grows (Chicago Machine may not be in his back pocket)

    11/18/2010 12:09:56 PM PST · by STARWISE · 18 replies
    NBC Chicago ^ | 11-18-10 | Andrew Greiner
    Rahm Emanuel's percieved residency issue is about to get real. ### Next week a veteran election lawyer will file paperwork in an attempt to knock Emanuel off the ballot for allegedly failing to meet residency requirements that stipulate a candidate must live in the city for one year before election. Emanuel has been dogged by rumors that he's not a legal resident of the city since he leased his North Side home and moved his family to Washington D.C. to work in the White House.
  • Valerie Jarret Is Senate Candidate B, And She Has A Problem

    11/09/2010 1:32:50 PM PST · by epithermal · 8 replies
    Strata-Sphere ^ | Nov 9, 2010 | AJStrata
    In a previous post regarding a not-so-well-redacted court filing by Team Blagojevich I speculated that “Senate Candidate B” was the current top adviser to the President, Valerie Jarrett. I can now confirm this is in fact the case, thanks to the White House Counsel’s report regarding the entire Obama senate seat kerfuffle:
  • Key witness in Blago trial charged with shoplifting (Indian JJackson funder)

    11/06/2010 5:09:40 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 5 replies
    Sun Times ^ | 11-6-10 | Frank Main, Chris Fusco
    A key witness who testified against former Gov. Rod Blagojevich at his summer corruption trial was charged Friday with shoplifting at a Northwest Side store. Rajinder Bedi, 58, is accused of stealing $166 in merchandise from the Home Depot in the 6200 block of North Lincoln. Bedi, who is charged with felony retail theft, did not return a phone message. Bedi had been the $118,000-a-year managing director of the state's Office of Trade and Investment in Blagojevich's administration. Bedi testified under immunity in July at Blagojevich's trial on the ex-governor's alleged efforts to sell President Obama's former Senate seat. Prosecutors...
  • Blago, Snooki to pitch for pistachios

    11/01/2010 11:59:27 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 17 replies
    Dow Jones Newswires-Wall Street Journal ^ | November 1, 2010 | Suzanne Vranica
    Corporate America usually steers clear of controversial pitch people, but pistachio grower Paramount Farms is plowing a different path. The unit of Roll International Corp. has signed Rod Blagojevich, the former Illinois governor who was convicted of lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi, the MTV star who recently made headlines after being charged with disorderly conduct, to appear in its new $20 million ad campaign that begins Monday.
  • Feds Protect Obama’s Mob Banker Senate Candidate (Obama stumps for Alexi Giannoulias)

    10/25/2010 9:13:56 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 8 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | October 25, 2010
    It appears that President Obama has pulled strings to help his shady banker friend win a tight U.S. Senate race by delaying an overdue federal report on his mob-connected bank’s failure until after the election. Federal regulators will conveniently postpone issuing a material loss report on Illinois Senate candidate Alexi Giannoulias’ Chicago bank (Broadway Bank) because releasing it before the election could create "another political headache" for Giannoulias in a “close contest” with his Republican opponent, reports the state’s largest newspaper. Currently Illinois State Treasurer, Giannoulias helped operate the family bank before it was shut down in April for...
  • Rezko pleads guilty in restaurant sale scheme ("ready and willing" to testify at Blago retrial)

    10/02/2010 5:45:24 AM PDT · by maggief · 47 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 8:59 p.m. CDT, October 1, 2010 | Andy Grimm
    A onetime top fundraiser for former Gov. Rod Blagojevich who was already convicted of taking kickbacks from state contractors pleaded guilty Friday in a separate scheme involving the bogus sale of his pizza restaurants. After the plea by Antoin "Tony" Rezko, his lawyer touted his client as "ready and willing" to be a "formidable witness" at Blagojevich's retrial, though prosecutors didn't put him on the stand for the former governor's trial this summer. Rezko pleaded guilty to a single count of wire fraud in connection with $10 million in fraudulent loans he arranged for business partners to buy a chain...
  • Rezko ready to testify against Blagojevich

    10/02/2010 9:39:12 AM PDT · by STARWISE · 26 replies
    SunTimes ^ | 10-2-10 | Frank Main
    TRIAL NO. 2 | Lawyer says ex-top adviser to gov 'willing and able' to talk -- but 'it's government's call to decide' ### Antoin "Tony" Rezko, a convicted former top adviser of Rod Blagojevich, is ready to testify at the former governor's upcoming federal corruption trial, Rezko's lawyer said Friday. Rezko is "ready, willing and able to testify" against Blagojevich and his wife, Patti, defense attorney Joe Duffy said after a federal hearing where Rezko pleaded guilty to a new fraud charge. "It's the government's call to decide" who to use as a witness, Duffy said. But Rezko would be...
  • Jesse Jackson Jr. Denies Role in $6M Scheme to Bankroll Blagojevich

    09/27/2010 12:21:44 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 17 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | September 27, 2010 | Carl Horowitz
      Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., D-Ill., like his famous father, has become a Democratic Party kingmaker, both in Chicago and on Capitol Hill. He's also, according to the September 21 Chicago Sun-Times, the mastermind behind a scheme to raise $6 million in campaign contributions for then-Illinois Democratic Governor Rod Blagojevich in return for a U.S. Senate appointment. The allegation, made by a Chicago-area businessman-fundraiser, Raghuveer Nayak, contradicts Jackson's assertions that he hadn't tried to buy Barack Obama's pending vacant Senate seat in the weeks prior to Election Day 2008. The actual version of events may well determine whether federal...
  • Fund-raiser: Jesse Jackson Jr. behind $6M Senate-seat scheme

    09/21/2010 8:39:18 AM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 39 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | September 21, 2010 | NatashaKorecki, Chris Fusco and Lynn Sweet
    Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. directed a major political fund-raiser to offer former Gov. Rod Blagojevich millions of dollars in campaign cash in return for an appointment to the U.S. Senate, sources said the fund-raiser has told federal authorities. The allegation by Oak Brook businessman Raghuveer Nayak counters public statements made as recently as last week by Jackson that he never authorized any deal to attempt to buy the Senate seat. » Click to enlarge image The allegation that Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. directed a major political fund-raiser to offer former Gov. Rod Blagojevich millions of dollars in campaign cash in...