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  • Rod Blagojevich’s 20-year-old daughter Amy unloads on Barack Obama

    01/27/2017 8:25:58 AM PST · by PBRCat · 44 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | January 27, 2017 | Kim Janssen
    “Everyone seems to be mourning your exit from office,” Amy wrote in the lengthy screed, posted on her mom Patti’s Facebook page. “I’m glad you’re gone. I’m not delusional — you’re not a saint. You were a mediocre president with unoriginal ideas.” “I thought you would finally right this wrong,” she told Obama. “You didn’t have to pardon him, only commute the sentence. You just had to let him come home. You didn’t. You released others, like Chelsea Manning or FALN terrorists, who actually committed reprehensible crimes, but you failed to release an innocent man.”
  • Daughter of imprisoned IL Governor pens raw open letter to ‘spineless’ Obama

    Daughter of imprisoned IL Governor pens raw open letter to ‘spineless’ Obama for not pardoning her father January 27, 2017 | Carmine Sabia | The daughter of former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich laced into former President Barack Obama for not pardoning her father who is in prison for corruption. Amy Blagojevich, 20, called the former president “spineless” for not commuting her father’s sentence as he did for American traitor Chelsea Manning. “You’ve betrayed the concept of justice like many other heartless individuals have done before you. I thought you were different. I thought you had a moral compass. Turns out...
  • Ex-Chicago Official Gets 10 Years In Red-Light Camera Case

    08/29/2016 7:38:33 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 13 replies
    WBEZ Chicago ^ | 8/29/2016 | Susie An
    A former Chicago transportation official was sentenced Monday to 10 years in prison for taking bribes to steer $100 million in red-light camera contracts to a company in Phoenix. U.S. District Judge Virginia Kendall sentenced John Bills, 55, in Chicago moments after he apologized for his actions. Federal prosecutors had asked the judge for at least a 10-year prison sentence. The former second-in-command at Chicago's Department of Transportation was convicted in January of bribery, conspiracy and extortion. Bills was accused of accepting envelopes stuffed with cash, along with gifts — including condos in two states and a Mercedes — to...
  • U.S. top court hears ex-media baron Conrad Black's appeal

    12/08/2009 2:43:29 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 503+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 12/8/09 | James Vicini
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A lawyer for former media baron Conrad Black urged the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday to overturn his fraud conviction, and several justices asked whether the federal law at issue was too vague. The Canadian-born Black, a member of Britain's House of Lords, has been in prison since March 2008, when he began serving a 6 1/2-year sentence for fraud and obstruction of justice. Attorney Miguel Estrada, representing Black and two ex-colleagues who were found guilty of defrauding shareholders of one-time newspaper publishing giant Hollinger International Inc, argued before the Supreme Court that all convictions in the...
  • 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
    chicago.suntimes.com ^ | 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...
  • WORLD EXCLUSIVE! BLAGO: BEHIND BARS & GOING BONKERS!

    04/12/2015 8:12:13 AM PDT · by PROCON · 48 replies
    nationalenquirer.com ^ | 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...
  • KEY BLAGOJEVICH SUPPORT GROUP (UNION) CAUGHT TELLING PEOPLE GEORGE RYAN IS ON THE BALLOT FOR GOV

    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
    Townhall.com ^ | 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...