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  • Supreme Court Rejects Blagojevich Appeal Again

    05/23/2016 9:49:06 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 11 replies
    cbs local chicongo ^ | 23 May 2016
    The nation’s highest court first rejected Blagojevich’s request in March, but his attorneys filed a petition for rehearing in April. The Supreme Court turned down that petition Monday without comment.
  • 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...
  • U.S. Supreme Court declines to hear Blagojevich appeal

    03/28/2016 11:39:22 AM PDT · by PROCON · 14 replies ^ | March 28, 2016 | Jon Seidel
    The United States Supreme Court on Monday decided not to hear an appeal by disgraced former Gov. Rod Blagojevich. That decision was noted in a list of orders posted Monday on the court’s website.Blagojevich, 59, reported to a federal prison in Colorado four years ago to begin serving a 14­-year sentence. He was convicted of 18 counts over two trials. Among other things, he was accused of attempting to trade his power to appoint someone to a U.S. Senate seat — the one recently vacated by President Barack Obama — in exchange for personal benefits. A three-­judge appellate panel tossed...

    04/12/2015 8:12:13 AM PDT · by PROCON · 48 replies ^ | April 9, 2015 | NATIONAL ENQUIRER staff
    Disgraced former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich has suffered a breakdown behind bars – and his famous mop top is now a dazzling snow white! These extraordinary world exclusive photos – snapped by a jailhouse snitch and obtained by The National ENQUIRER – dramatically show how America’s most celebrated political inmate has gone loopy during his three years locked away at a Colorado correctional facility. “He doesn’t really socialize and is very paranoid of everyone,” The ENQUIRER’s spy said. Somber Blagojevich – federal inmate No. 40892-424 – whiles away his days bizarrely babbling about President Barack Obama and vowing that...
  • Connect the dots: 4/21 - WH picks Neil Eggleston as new counsel; a week later, Rhodes email pops up

    05/03/2014 4:24:35 PM PDT · by ken5050 · 36 replies
    one man's opinion...
    Everyone missed what is now, in hindsight, a crystal clear signal that the White House knew that the buffalo chips were about to hit the fan; and that they are very worried.On April 21, the White House announced that Neil Eggleston would be the new counsel to the president. It didn't get much notice, but in light of recent events, it's a really big deal.
  • Illinois’ Blagojevich in line for a Get out of Jail Soon card?

    09/03/2014 10:28:32 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 10 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 9/3/14 | George Spelvin
    The tentacles of Obama’s web of corruption yet again expose the stinking cesspool that is Chicago. Rod Blagojevich, the fourth Illinois governor to reside in a gray bar inn, may be rearranging his schedule for an anticipated Get Out of Jail Somewhat Free Card as political maneuverings and legal efforts reveal Obama’s reach. “It’s f’n golden,” said Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich prior to his trip to prison. He was referring to his right as Governor to appoint a US Senator to fill the vacancy that occurred when Obama went to Washington to organize that community. That seat on the Democrat...
  • 2014 Prediction: A 'Get Out of Jail' Card for Rod Blagojevich

    01/03/2014 1:22:35 PM PST · by PROCON · 4 replies
    cnsnews ^ | Jan. 3, 2014 | Barbara Hollingsworth
    Here's my New Year's prediction: Former Illinois Democratic Governor Rod Blagojevich will only serve a fraction of his 14-year sentence. After two headline-grabbing trials in Chicago, Blagojevich was convicted on 18 counts of political corruption, including trying to sell Barack Obama's old Senate seat, and was sent to a federal prison in Colorado 21 months ago. But Blagojevich probably won't do all 14 years of his time, even though he admitted to making "terrible mistakes" in a non-specific "apology" in which he also claimed that he "never set out to break the law."
  • Judges to hear arguments in Blagojevich appeal

    12/12/2013 11:10:16 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 13, 2013 1:36 AM EST | Michael Tarm
    Imprisoned former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich on Friday gets what’s likely his last chance to win his freedom as a three-judge federal panel hears oral arguments in his appeal. A lawyer for the disgraced Illinois Democrat steps before the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago to ask that it toss Blagojevich’s corruption convictions. Short of that, Blagojevich’s defense team hopes the court will at least agree to reduce his 14-year prison term—one of the longest sentences ever imposed for political corruption in a state where four of the last seven governors ended up in prison.FBI agents arrested then-Gov....
  • 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!"
  • Politically connected ex-Mutual Bank president barred from banking ( Obama mentioned )

    07/01/2013 6:59:49 PM PDT · by george76 · 8 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...
  • Just don't tell them you're from Chicago!

    01/10/2013 10:07:07 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 2 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 1/10/13 | Suzanne Eovaldi
    My heart is broken, deeply broken. Is there no one in Illinois who has the moral compunction to stand up to the corruption known as Chicago? Will any Illinois person of honor come forward to put a stop to what is going on? When I received an anonymous E-mail about the Land of Lincoln–where our governors make our license plates–I couldn’t laugh any more. You see, there always has been a perverse sort of gallows humor, perhaps even misplaced sense of pride associated with Chicago. When I tell people here in Florida that I’m from near Chicago, I sense that...
  • Ex-Rezko partner bankrupt

    02/16/2009 10:09:35 AM PST · by STARWISE · 7 replies · 733+ views
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | 2-16-09 | Tim Novak
    Tony Rezko's former development partner is broke. ### Dan Mahru -- a lawyer who became an ice peddler and real estate developer -- has filed for bankruptcy, declaring that he and his business partners, including Rezko, owe as much as $95 million to creditors. Mahru estimates his personal debts could be as high as $50 million. Mahru and Rezko split a few years ago. But they're still fighting dozens of lawsuits filed over housing developments they built. "I couldn't handle all the multitude of lawsuits involving Mr. Rezko,'' Mahru says. Mahru lists $48,970.61 in assets in the bankruptcy case he...
  • 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...

    10/30/2002 1:25:01 PM PST · by NotJustAnotherPrettyFace · 20 replies · 534+ views
    Ryan for Governor Website ^ | 10/29/2002 | Campaign staff
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Tuesday, October 29, 2002 KEY BLAGOJEVICH SUPPORT GROUP CAUGHT TRYING TO TELL PEOPLE GEORGE RYAN IS ON THE BALLOT FOR GOVERNOR SPRINGFIELD - Since the beginning of the campaign for Governor, Rod Blagojevich has been trying to cynically confuse the public about George Ryan and Jim Ryan. Now, the Illinois AFL-CIO, one of Blagojevich’s key support groups, has been caught distributing a mailing that portrays George Ryan as the candidate for Governor. "Nearly every newspaper in the state says that Jim Ryan is better suited to be governor of Illinois than Rod Blagojevich," said Dan Curry, Jim...
  • Pelosi endorses Rep. Jackson for reelection

    02/18/2012 5:18:53 PM PST · by Libloather · 9 replies · 2+ views
    The Hill ^ | 2/18/12 | Jordy Yager
    Pelosi endorses Rep. Jackson for reelectionBy Jordy Yager - 02/18/12 12:24 PM ET Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) has endorsed Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.), whose reelection bid has been plagued by an ethics investigation. Pelosi joins President Obama and several other top Democrats in their endorsement of the Chicago lawmaker as he goes up against former Democratic Rep. Debbie Halvorson (Ill.) in a fierce primary battle next month. Though Halvorson has raised only one-fifth the amount of money that Jackson has, she has waged a relentless campaign against the incumbent lawmaker, frequently pointing to the House Ethics Committee’s ongoing...
  • Holder, Blago, Richardson: Triangle of Sleaze

    12/09/2011 4:08:16 AM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies ^ | December 9, 2011 | MIchelle Malkin
    It was a rough week for the corruptocracy. White House officials better ho-ho-hold on tight because the sleigh ride isn't going to get any smoother. On Wednesday, disgraced former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, D-Ill., received a 14-year prison sentence for scheming to sell President Barack Obama's Senate office, along with several other pay-for-play schemes. Blago played the distressed daddy for the federal judge, invoking his young daughters and wife (who held her notoriously foul tongue in check) to bemoan how his "life is in ruins." How far Blago's fallen from the glory days of 2008, when he was gloating at the...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Corruption sentencing delayed for Rezko, fundraiser for Blagojevich

    10/03/2011 10:06:03 AM PDT · by glorgau · 33 replies · 3+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 9:37 a.m. CDT, October 3, 2011 | Annie Sweeney
    A judge has delayed sentencing for Antoin “Tony” Rezko, a top fundraiser and adviser to disgraced former Gov. Rod Blagojevich. Rezko, convicted on corruption charges, was scheduled to be sentenced on Oct. 21. But prosecutors asked U.S. District Judge Amy St. Eve to move the sentencing because another corruption trial connected to the Blagojevich administration starts this week – and includes allegations of an extortion plot involving Rezko. Prosecutors most directly involved in the Rezko sentencing are also handling the prosecution of William Cellini, a Springfield powerbroker whose trial on charges including attempted extortion and fraud starts this morning. In...
  • Rod Blagojevich again requests notes from Obama meeting

    04/04/2011 9:56:23 AM PDT · by Smokeyblue · 5 replies
    Politico ^ | 04/04/2011 | JENNIFER EPSTEIN
    Rod Blagojevich asked Monday for notes from the FBI’s interviews with President Barack Obama conducted during the agency’s investigation of the former Illinois governor. The ousted Democrat filed a motion in U.S. District Court on Monday morning, The Associated Press reported. Blagojevich made a similar request – which was rejected – ahead of his first trial last year. SNIP The FBI notes, Blagojevich’s attorneys say in the filing, could “go directly to the heart of testimony of several government witnesses.” One of those witnesses is Tom Balanoff, an Obama ally and the president of the Service Employees International Union Illinois...
  • 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...
  • Blago Calling Emanuel In Next Trial?

    11/16/2010 11:37:52 AM PST · by Mobile Vulgus · 9 replies
    Publius Forum ^ | 11/16/10 | Warner Todd Huston
    Rod Blagojevich is saying he fully intends to bring Rahm Emanuel into court as a witness in the next phase of his corruption trial. "Rahm is going to be a central witness in this case for us," Blago told Fox News Chanel commentator Geraldo Rivera. Geraldo wondered if this would be a major distraction for Rahm Emanuel next year as he runs for mayor as the second Blago trial will be occurring at the same time as the mayoral contest. This is one thing that could portend trouble for an Emanuel run for City Hall. Of course, Emanuel has to...
  • Blago Says, Like Winston Churchill, He Can Mount Dramatic Comeback (Blago Hints Feds after Obama)

    08/20/2010 7:55:10 PM PDT · by Smokeyblue · 23 replies
    ABC News ^ | 08/20/2010 | MATTHEW MOSK and RHONDA SCHWARTZ
    Former Illinois Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich recognizes that daunting challenges await as prosecutors prepare to mount a new effort to convict him on corruption charges, but he told ABC News Friday he sees a triumphant political comeback in his future that will be no less dramatic than the one pulled off by Winston Churchill. Snip Blagojevich told ABC News that shortly after his 2008 arrest, investigators tried to convince him to offer damaging information on "folks in higher places" in exchange for lenience. Blagojevich said that Obama, even more than himself, had a longstanding, close association with Antoin "Tony" Rezko,...
  • A Tour of Illinois' Criminal Governors

    08/20/2010 9:44:15 AM PDT · by Mobile Vulgus · 10 replies
    Publius Forum ^ | 08/20/10 | Warner Todd Huston
    With the recent result of the latest trial and conviction of former Illinois Governor Democrat Rod Blagojevich, it is interesting to take a little tour of all the Illinois Governors that were indicted at one time or another. Some of them even served time. It appears that the number of indicted Illinois Democrats beats the Republicans by one with four Democrats indicted to the Republican’s three. On the other hand, the ones jailed is top heavy with Democrats with two Democrats jailed to only one Republican jailed. And one more Democrat will be serving time once Blagojevich’s trials are all...
  • GOP Boss: 'We Won't Make Big Deal of Blago Verdict.' Ill. GOP Being the Stupid Party Again?

    08/17/2010 7:56:04 AM PDT · by Mobile Vulgus · 14 replies
    Publius Forum ^ | 08/17/10 | Warner Todd Huston
    On WBEZ radio the Chairman of the Illinois GOP made an odd statement. He told the radio station that he didn't think the Illinois GOP was going to make a big deal out of the upcoming verdict in troubled Democrat Governor Rod Blagojevich's trial. Not make a big deal of it? Why in the name of all things political would the leader of a Party throw away one of the best things that could happen to his party: the conviction of the other party's head man? When asked about the Blago verdict, Brady said, "You know, we could make a...
  • Blago jury deadlocked, asks judge for clarification

    08/11/2010 2:45:30 PM PDT · by Beaten Valve · 9 replies
    MSNBC ^ | August 11, 2011 | NBC's John Yang and WMAQ's Phil Rogers
    CHICAGO — The jury in the corruption trial of Rod Blagojevich has asked the judge for guidance, saying that they are deadlocked on some of the 24 counts in the indictment against the former Illinois governor. Jurors are in their eleventh day of trying to reach a verdict. Blagojevich has pleaded not guilty to 24 counts, including charges of trying to sell or trade an appointment to President Barack Obama's vacated Senate seat.
  • Temporary Senator Burris Challenges Special Election for Temporary Senator

    08/06/2010 12:37:26 PM PDT · by Mobile Vulgus · 6 replies
    Publius Forum ^ | 08/06/10 | Warner Todd Huston
    It seems like a story written by a bad Hollywood script writer, but Illinois Senator Roland Burris is today challenging a federal judge's decision to block any more candidates from being added to the ballot of the special election that has been ordered to fill the last few weeks of this Congressional session. Burris wants to be on that ballot but the judge said that only party nominees from the primary are allowed to be on the special election ballot. First of all the whole thing is confusing. When Barack Obama vacated his Senate seat to take the White House,...
  • Debunking the Carter Ruck defence of British-Iraqi billionaire Nadhmi Auchi ( + REZKO et al)

    07/01/2009 11:09:45 AM PDT · by 1066AD · 5 replies · 346+ views
    Hawaii Free Press / WikiLeaks ^ | 5/29/2008 | Andrew Walden
    May 29, 2008 By Andrew Walden (Hawai'i Free Press) Nadhmi Auchi, seen here with the Governor of Illinois, Rob Blagojevich (middle) at a 2004 Chicago dinner in Auchi's honor arranged by Antonin Rezko (potentially, right)[1]. All three men have been convicted of corruption related charges (Auchi 2003, Rezko 2008, Blagojevich 2009).[2] “A British-Iraqi billionaire lent millions of dollars to Barack Obama's fundraiser (dual US-Syrian citizen Tony Rezko) just weeks before an imprudent land deal that has returned to haunt the presidential contender, an investigation by The Times discloses. The money transfer raises the question of whether funds from Nadhmi Auchi,...
  • What Did Obama Know of Blago's Selling of Senate Seat And When Did He Know It?

    07/14/2010 11:06:59 AM PDT · by Mobile Vulgus · 4 replies
    Publius Forum ^ | 07/14/10 | Warner Todd Huston
    The National Republican Committee wants to know the answer to a few questions… Once again the exculpatory memo issued by the President-elect’s lawyer, Greg Craig, in December of 2008 is finding itself in conflict with testimony coming out of the Blagojevich Trial in Chicago. First we learned through the testimony of SEIU boss Tom Balanoff that President Obama actually played an active role in promoting Valerie Jarrett as a candidate for his old seat, despite no mention of that in the memo. Now we are learning of another call, this time by Rahm Emanuel that violated Obama’s supposed neutrality policy...
  • Illinois Dem Senate Candidate Giannoulias Subpoenaed In Blago Trial (The noose tightens...)

    06/27/2010 7:51:44 PM PDT · by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle · 27 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 06/27/10 | Jim Hoft
    Illinois Senate candidate Alexi Giannoulias was subpoenaed to testify in the Rod Blagojevich trial. CBS2 Chicago reported: First it was President Barack Obama, then White House Chief of Staff, Rahm Emanuel, now U.S. Senate Candidate Alexi Giannoulias is joining the Rod Blagojevich corruption trial subpoena list.Giannoulias is in the middle of a hard fought campaign against Congressman Mark Kirk for the right to fill the U.S. Senate seat once held by President Obama.So there’s no doubt that being dragged into the Blagojevich trial is not welcome news for the Democratic candidate’s campaign.The first term state treasurer was walking in Sunday’s...
  • In 2009 Video Blago Said Prosecutors Wanted '[snip] on Obama'

    06/15/2010 2:39:26 PM PDT · by Mobile Vulgus · 13 replies · 375+ views
    Publius Forum ^ | 06/15/10 | Warner Todd Huston
    Back in 2009 a video compilation of clips of impeached Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich was posted on YouTube. Today folks are realizing that this video features Blago claiming that the reason prosecutors went after him was to get information on President Obama. On the video made at a book signing party at Columbia College, Blago is seen saying the following: "…part of what they wanted was shit on Obama. They lock you up. They do this shock and awe bullshit. They arrest everybody ok, and then they sit you down and say 'you are a nice guy. We want to...
  • Blagojevich: Opening statements will 'unlock the truth'( "Stay Tuned" )

    06/07/2010 8:40:39 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 19 replies · 76+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | June 7, 2010 | Bob Secter
    This is getting to be a regular thing, trial watchers. Along with your morning coffee, it appears you can also get a morning jolt of Rod Blagojevich publicly proclaiming his innocence in a variety of ways and with a variety of well worn metaphors. The former governor started the morning on the Don and Roma talk show on WLS-AM, the same conservative talker that started giving him a platform as a weekend host shortly after his impeachment last year. Sounding much like he did when he was still governor and doing regular battle with House Speaker Michael Madigan, Blagojevich didn’t...
  • The Rod Blagojevich Trial Promises to be Dirty

    06/03/2010 1:34:00 PM PDT · by Michael van der Galien · 27 replies · 939+ views
    David Horowitz's NewsReal Blog ^ | Michael van der Galien
    I’m expecting a lot from disgraced former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich’s federal corruption trial, for which the jury selection started today. As the Chicago Tribune reports, this trial will ‘feature prosecutors feeding voters a steady reminder of the worst elements of Illinois’ political culture — allegations that money, insider influence and personal interest drive public policy in this state.’ Charges range from ‘trying to shake down a children’s hospital for campaign cash to trying to peddle President Barack Obama’s vacant Senate seat for profit.’ Although most believe that Blagojevich is guilty as charged – and of more – few expect...
  • Ill. Gov. Who Says 'I Always do the Right Thing,' Said the Same thing About Blago

    06/01/2010 8:56:31 AM PDT · by Mobile Vulgus · 1 replies · 142+ views
    Publius Forum ^ | 06/01/10 | Warner Todd Huston
    Sometimes words come back to haunt you, ya know? Ask Illinois Governor Pat Quinn who has just said something that is as bad as when a husband tells his wife she really does look fat in that dress. It's something that just can't be forgotten. Last week Governor Pat "I'm For the Little Guy" Quinn took some guff for his pay-to-play union payoff when he signed an amendatory veto that benefited the Teamsters Union. As soon as Quinn issued the veto that would help the Teamsters his opponents highlighted the fact that Gov. Quinn only last month received $750,000 in...
  • Appeals court refuses to delay Blagojevich trial

    05/14/2010 12:44:31 AM PDT · by Red Steel · 3 replies · 333+ views
    The Daily Caller ^ | Updated: 05/12/10 at 12:57 AM | MIKE ROBINSON
    CHICAGO (AP) — A federal appeals court Tuesday rejected the latest defense efforts to delay former Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s impending corruption trial and at least one attorney said the team would take the case to the U.S. Supreme Court. The decision appeared to all but wipe out any defense team prospects for pushing back the trial’s scheduled June 3 start, but attorney Michael E. Ettinger did not sound deterred. “We are going to the Supreme Court,” said Ettinger, an attorney for the former governor’s brother and co-defendant, Nashville businessman Robert Blagojevich. Rod Blagojevich attorney Sheldon Sorosky, meanwhile, said the defense...
  • One of Obama's closest friends part of federal probe

    05/10/2010 6:27:58 PM PDT · by george76 · 27 replies · 542+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | May 9, 2010 | DAVE McKINNEY, CHRIS FUSCO
    E-mails and other records of Dr. Eric Whitaker -- one of President Obama's best friends -- have been subpoenaed by a federal grand jury... The investigation involves "faith-based initiatives" and health-awareness campaigns funded by the Illinois Department of Public Health when Whitaker ran the agency for former Gov. Rod Blagojevich... Obama has said he recommended Whitaker for that job, which Whitaker landed in April 2003. The president's friend resigned in October 2007 to join Obama's wife, Michelle, as an executive at the University of Chicago Medical Center. On Friday, Whitaker defended his work as the state's former top health official,...
  • Blagojevich lawyers urge judge to bar feds from putting Rezko on the stand - Unsentenced felons

    04/28/2010 6:35:47 AM PDT · by opentalk · 7 replies · 625+ views
    AP ^ | April 28, 2010 | AP
    CHICAGO (AP) — Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich's lawyers are asking the judge in his corruption case to bar testimony from convicted fixer Tony Rezko.... The lawyers said any witness convicted of a felony and still awaiting sentence would feel too much pressure to say whatever the government wanted to hear.
  • Blagojevich attorneys subpoena Obama to testify

    04/26/2010 9:34:34 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 23 replies · 1,130+ views
    Post & Email ^ | Apr. 26, 2010 | Kathleen Gotto
    WILL HE BE OBAMA’S ACHILLES’ HEEL? Attorneys for former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich submitted a motion to the court on April 22, 2010 to issue a subpoena (ad testificandum) to obtain Barack Obama’s testimony at his corruption trial scheduled to begin in June. Parts of the document have been redacted, presumably with the information that has been leaked. Not only is Blagojevich pressing for Obama to testify at the trial, but he also wants to force the release of “any and all reports generated during any and all interviews [prosecutors] had with…Barack Obama.” In early December 2008, Blagojevich was arrested...
  • Vanity: Geraldo with Jesse Ventura, Mike Huckabee, Rod Blagojevich

    03/14/2010 12:45:28 AM PST · by iowamark · 15 replies · 635+ views
    Fox News ^ | 03/13/2010 | Gerald Rivera
    I believe that this is my first true vanity. I saw the most repulsive thing on FNC tonight. I wanted to turn the channel but I couldn't. I felt like I was watching a live broadcast from Hell. It was pure evil. Geraldo Rivera with Jesse Ventura, Mike Huckabee, Rod Blagojevich. Then for a guest they had Michael Lohan to talk about his daughter Lindsay. It appears that Ventura and Huckabee have joined Geraldo in totally supporting Obama. Blago seems to be avoiding politics as might be wise for someone nearing trial.
  • Blagojevich: Purported Obama Emissaries Offered to Raise Money for Me If I Appointed Their Candidate

    02/12/2010 2:04:34 AM PST · by Suvroc10 · 45 replies · 1,309+ views
    Associated Content (AC) ^ | February 12, 2010 | Marc Schenker
    RodBlagojevich told Bill O'Reilly that purported Obama emissaries offered to raise a bunch of money around the country for him if he in return appointed a certain candidate that they were interested in. Appearing on FNC's O'Reilly Factor, Blagojevich admitted that the offer was made to his chief of staff at the time. While this may have the initial impression of a quite revealing and forthcoming interview with Blagojevich, such admissions were actually far and few between during the six-minute interview. Blagojevich actually spent much of the interview obstructing, stonewalling and ducking and dodging, which stood in severe contrast to...
  • Blagojevich: Play ALL wiretaps in court

    02/10/2010 10:57:57 AM PST · by opentalk · 115 replies · 1,963+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | February 10, 2010 | NATASHA KORECKI
    Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich — famously caught on tape calling a U.S. Senate seat appointment (bleepin’) golden — said today he wants to make sure that the jury that will hear the corruption case against him gets to hear that recording. And Blagojevich, rather than back away from the tapes that attracted national attention, said he is “laying down the gauntlet” and also wants his future jury to hear everything else he was caught saying on secret FBI wiretaps. “I’ve instructed my lawyers to petition the court, petition so that every second, every minute, every hour that the government...
  • 'Re-Indicted' Parody Song Marks One-Year Anniversary of Blagojevich Impeachment

    01/29/2010 8:03:11 AM PST · by BobMcCartyWrites · 130+ views
    Bob McCarty Writes ^ | 1-29-10 | Bob McCarty
    One year ago today, Rod Blagojevich became the first sitting Illinois governor to be impeached and booted out of office by a 59-0 vote of the Illinois Senate in Springfield. Now, the 53-year-old Democrat and his lawyers are waiting for the next shoe to drop in legal wranglings related to allegations that he attempted to sell the Illinois senate seat once held by Barack Obama.According to the Chicago Tribune, federal prosecutors said Wednesday that a revised indictment against Blagojevich should be returned by late next week. That news prompted me to write a parody based on the 1980 song, "Reunited,"...
  • Rod Blagojevich: "I'm Blacker Than Barack Obama"

    01/10/2010 11:03:46 PM PST · by Talkradio03 · 9 replies · 633+ views
    hotairpundit ^ | 1/11/10 | HAP
    Blago's interview in Esquire magazine says "I've seen it all, I grew up in a 5 room apartment, I shined shoes"...I'm blacker than Barack Obama"...That he was the only real person in an arena dominated by phonies..
  • New details about Christopher Kelly emerge (Blago aide suicide)

    11/23/2009 10:26:37 PM PST · by STARWISE · 5 replies · 975+ views
    As Christopher Kelly was being treated for a fatal overdose, the political fundraiser who was being pressured to testify against ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich confided to his girlfriend to "tell them they won." "It's my life," Kelly told Clarissa Flores-Buhelos, according to a police report released today to the Tribune. "Tell them they won, tell them they won." The report does not specify to whom Kelly was referring. It was one of several new details contained in the 47-page police report released by Country Club Hills, where Kelly took numerous pills before his Sept. 12 death that authorities have ruled a...
  • Blago-Quinn-SEIU Scam Exposed

    10/16/2009 6:18:00 AM PDT · by markomalley · 8 replies · 825+ views
    Proft for Governor ^ | 10/15/2009 | Dan Proft
    Obama Appointee Tied to Effort to Unionize Home Health-Care Workers October 15, 2009 The plot thickens -- as in SEIU's pay-to-play plots in state government, including its most recent naked power grab: Its repugnant effort to intervene between children with disabilities and their parents by making home health care workers for disabled children in Illinois a closed shop. In an editorial today on President Obama’s nominee to head the National Labor Relations Board, the Wall Street Journal shines a light on Craig Becker, an associate general counsel at SEIU whose career is traced back to Gov. Rod Blagojevich:One of the...
  • Former Democrat Gov. Rod Blagojevich Impersonates Elvis; Sings "Treat me Nice" - Video 8/9/09

    08/10/2009 9:21:29 AM PDT · by Federalist Patriot · 4 replies · 332+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse | August 10, 2009 | BrianinMO
    Here is video of bizarre former Democratic Governor of Illinois Rod Blagojevich doing an Elvis Presley impression yesterday in Chicago during a street party as he stood next to a Fabio look-a-like. The crowd hooted and hollered at the Blago spectacle, as he sang the Elvis song, "Treat me Nice." You just can't make this stuff up! . . . . . (Watch Video)
  • 'Run, Blago, Run' Art Show in Chicago

    07/25/2009 3:03:11 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 7 replies · 592+ views
    MYFOX NATIONAL ^ | Jul. 25, 2009 | LILY FU
    The corruption scandal surrounding former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich shocked many and made the governor a popular topic on the late-night talk show circuit. Now a Chicago artist has put together a show that takes a playful look at the governor's run-in with the law. A three-day show called "Run, Blago, Run!" opened on Friday at a Chicago-area art gallery. The Chicago Tribune reports that the show was organized by artist Ray Noland who popularized various images of Blagojevich jogging in his tracksuit by plastering them on walls around the city. Among the works that will be exhibited at the...
  • Only Warming Is On The Left (Mark Kirk And The GOP's Cap-And-Traitors)

    06/29/2009 5:36:24 PM PDT · by WhiteCastle · 19 replies · 1,784+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | Jun | Investors Business Daily
    Climate Change: A switch of four Republican votes would have defeated Waxman-Markey, the Democrats' global warming legislation. But like the Clinton Btu tax, the bill could die in the Senate and turn the House over to the GOP. What were these RINOs thinking? The GOP is supposed to be the party of low taxes and free markets. Rep. Mike Castle, one of the eight offered an explanation right off of President Obama's teleprompter...Illinois Republican Mark Kirk, who has senatorial ambitions to replace the choice of impeached former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, Sen. Roland Burris, demonstrates why GOP fortunes in the Land...
  • The Farce of Illinois Ethics Reform

    07/06/2009 7:39:26 PM PDT · by fiscon1 · 2 replies · 215+ views
    The Provocateur ^ | 07/06/2009 | Mike Volpe
    The Chicago Tribune has an excellent piece that describes the "inside baseball" that took the ethics bill into a watered down farce. I recommend everyone read the article. On a more philosophical level, the reason that ethics reform turned into a farce is because the fox was guarding the hen house. In other words, the very people that were in charge of creating the ethics reform bill were the ones that benefitted most from the manner in which the system operates now.