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  • Blagojevich asks for presidential commutation

    12/23/2016 5:39:29 PM PST · by PROCON · 21 replies ^ | Dec. 23, 2016 | Jon Seidel
    Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich is seeking a presidential commutation, according to a spokeswoman for the U.S. Department of Justice. The longshot request comes more than four months after U.S. District Judge James Zagel reinstated the 14-year prison sentence Blagojevich, 60, is serving for a series of schemes that included his attempt to sell then-President-elect Barack Obama’s U.S. Senate seat. The news of Blagojevich’s commutation request also comes days after Blagojevich’s lawyer, Leonard Goodman, filed a brief with the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals asking for yet another sentencing hearing.
  • Blagojevich seeks presidential commutation of prison term

    12/24/2016 1:30:00 AM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 24 replies
    Associated Press ^ | December 23, 2016 | Staff
    CHICAGO (AP) -- Imprisoned former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is seeking a presidential commutation of his 14-year sentence on a corruption conviction. U.S. Department of Justice spokeswoman Dena Iverson said Friday the department has received a petition for commutation from Blagojevich. She declined to comment further. The Chicago Democrat was sentenced in 2011 following his conviction for trying to exchange an appointment to President Barack Obama's former U.S. Senate seat for campaign cash. An appeals court last year struck down five of his 18 convictions and ordered a new sentencing, but a judge this year upheld the 14-year term. This...
  • 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.
  • Prosecutors won’t retry Blagojevich on 5 tossed counts

    03/30/2016 8:48:51 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 3 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 30 Mar 2016
    Prosecutors won’t retry Blagojevich on 5 tossed counts
  • Rezko asked for $10,000 check to Obama campaign: witness

    06/16/2010 5:10:01 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 29 replies · 1,503+ views
    Sun Times ^ | 6-16-10 | Natasha Korecki, Sarah Ostman
    The name of President Obama came into play this afternoon at the political corruption trial of former governor Rod Blagojevich as an associate of political fund-raiser Tony Rezko testified that Rezko asked him to write a $10,000 check to Friends of Obama. The Chicago Sun-Times reported in January 2008 that Glenview businessman Joseph Aramanda, who is testifying today, made the donation as part of a scheme orchestrated by Rezko. Aramanda gave $10,000 in campaign cash to Obama’s U.S. Senate campaign on March 5, 2004, according to records. The money came from part of a finder’s fee Aramanda received, but did...
  • Court overturns some Blagojevich Senate-seat convictions

    07/22/2015 12:03:26 AM PDT · by SaveFerris · 3 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 5 hours ago | Associated Press By MICHAEL TARM
    CHICAGO (AP) — A federal appeals court Tuesday overturned some of the most sensational convictions that sent former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich off to a lengthy stint in prison, ruling that the Democrat did not break the law when he sought to secure a Cabinet position in President Barack Obama's administration in exchange for appointing an Obama adviser to the president's former U.S. Senate seat. The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago also ordered the resentencing of Blagojevich, offering the 58-year-old a ray of hope that he could end up serving less than his original 14-year term. The...
  • 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.
  • The IL General Assembly: terrorist aides

    01/01/2004 4:25:35 PM PST · by Kuksool · 10 replies · 1,984+ views
    Illinois Leader ^ | December 31, 2003 | JILL STANEK
    Revelations in the Peoria Journal Star earlier this week that the Peoria/Champaign area is one of seven in the United States on a terrorist “circuit” were frightening. “Terrorists enter the United States in San Francisco and Los Angeles, then move to Phoenix, then Denver," reported Phil Luciano of the PJS. "From there some head to Peoria and Champaign. Some terrorists remain in those communities, while others head on to New York City" (emphasis added). Luciano was provided this information by Peoria County Sheriff Mike McCoy, who received it at a recent FBI conference held in Springfield. Names of larger cities...
  • 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...
  • 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!"
  • Jackson, Blagojevich (Hussein?) Figure Pleads Guilty

    09/20/2013 3:09:30 PM PDT · by Libloather · 4 replies
    NBC Chicago ^ | 9/20/13
    A one-time contributor to former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. who was also a figure in the scandal surrounding imprisoned former Gov. Rod Blagojevich pleaded guilty in a medical fraud case. **SNIP** At Blagojevich's first corruption trial in 2010, prosecutors said a witness was prepared to testify that Jackson instructed Nayak to raise money for Blagojevich's campaign. In exchange, the Jackson supporters would allegedly ask Blagojevich for an appointment to President Barack Obama's former Senate seat.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Jesse Jackson Jr. undergoing treatment for bipolar disorder, Mayo Clinic says

    08/13/2012 4:12:30 PM PDT · by newzjunkey · 37 replies
    Associated Press ^ | MONDAY, AUGUST 13, 2012, 6:30 PM | AP
    CHICAGO — U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., a Chicago Democrat who took a hushed medical leave two months ago, is being treated for bipolar disorder, the Mayo Clinic announced Monday. The Rochester, Minn.-based clinic specified his condition as Bipolar II, which is defined as periodic episodes of depression and hypomania. Hypomania is a less serious form of mania. "Congressman Jackson is responding well to the treatment and regaining his strength," the clinic said in a statement...
  • Mayo Clinic: Jesse Jackson Jr. being treated for bipolar disorder

    08/13/2012 1:48:55 PM PDT · by ATOMIC_PUNK · 36 replies ^ | August 13, 2012 1:36PM | Staff and Wire Reports
    The Mayo Clinic said Monday that U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.) has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and is under treatment there for the condition. Jackson has been hospitalized at the Rochester, Minn., center and absent from Congress since June 10. He’s been suffering from massive depression and gastrointestinal issues, a likely complication from a risky weight-loss surgery known as a “duodenal switch.”
  • For a Soaring Political Career (Jesse Jackson, Jr.), Uncertain Turns

    07/13/2012 7:09:13 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 12 replies
    NYT ^ | July 13, 2012 | MONICA DAVEY
    CHICAGO — A few years ago, the political career of Representative Jesse L. Jackson Jr. was soaring. His appeal had long since crossed race and class lines — a Barack Obama before anyone heard of Barack Obama — and he seemed destined for a political future that could reach higher and wider than that of his father, the civil rights leader and former presidential candidate whose name he shared. But Mr. Jackson’s prospects have tumbled precipitously since the end of 2008. Most recently, Mr. Jackson, 47, has been absent from Congress since June 10, and in the last few weeks...
  • Jesse Jackson Jr. being treated for ‘mood disorder,’ his office says

    07/12/2012 3:58:24 AM PDT · by drpix · 25 replies ^ | Ed O'Keefe and Rosalind S. Helderman
    {Buried last paragraph of article:} He has been under investigation by the House Ethics Committee in recent years over allegations that he improperly raised money for former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich (D) in an effort to win appointment to the Senate seat formerly held by President Obama. As part of a corruption investigation, Blagojevich was heard on a tape saying that Raghuveer Nayak, an associate of Jackson, had offered to pay $1.5 million to the governor if the congressman was appointed to the Senate. Nayak was arrested last month on unrelated fraud charges just days after Jackson’s medical leave began....
  • Book: Blagojevich said he believed $25,000 was channeled to Obama

    08/08/2012 3:33:38 PM PDT · by Fred · 10 replies ^ | 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.
  • Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. Grappling With 'Physical and Emotional Ailments' (He's institutionalized)

    07/06/2012 3:40:46 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 61 replies
    ABC News ^ | July 5, 2012 | Amy Bingham
    Nearly two months after taking a leave of absence from Congress, Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.'s congressional office today said he is being treated at an "in-patient medical facility" for an unnamed ailment. "Recently, we have been made aware that he has grappled with certain physical and emotional ailments privately for a long period of time," Jackson's spokesman Frank Watkins said in a statement. "At present, he is undergoing further evaluation and treatment at an in-patient medical facility." Jackson took a leave of absence from his House duties in early June because of "exhaustion." His condition is now "more serious than...
  • Rep. Jackson's condition 'more serious' than thought, getting in-patient treatment

    07/05/2012 9:38:36 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 39 replies
    Rep. Jackson's condition 'more serious' than thought, getting in-patient treatment By Daniel Strauss - 07/05/12 11:56 AM ET Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.), who took a leave of absence from Congress, is suffering from a medical condition more serious than "initially believed," according to a statement from his office. The nine-term lawmaker is receiving "in-patient" treatment for "certain physical and emotional ailments," the statement noted. It did not provide additional details about his illness or how long he would be absent from Capital Hill. "Congressman Jackson's medical condition is more serious than we thought and initially believed," Jackson spokesman Frank...
  • Jesse Jackson Jr. Speculation Continues to Swirl (Doc: Being treated for 'mood disorder')

    07/11/2012 4:49:57 PM PDT · by kristinn · 47 replies
    Roll Call ^ | Wednesday, July 11, 2012 | Emily Pierce and Shira Toeplitz
    Under pressure to reveal where he is and what his “ailments” may be, Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.’s doctors released a statement Wednesday night saying he is being treated for a “mood disorder.” But the statement is unlikely to dampen the speculation about the Illinois Democrat’s mystery medical ordeal, considering the statement gave few details. The release, sent out by the lawmaker’s spokesman, did not identify his doctor’s name nor the facility at which he is being treated. The statement read: “Information regarding the Congressman’s treatment is protected by federal law under the privacy provisions of the Health Insurance Portability and...
  • Blago's barber blabs: Hair is dyed, will soon go gray (you can't CAPTION this?)

    03/21/2012 8:02:16 PM PDT · by Libloather · 13 replies
    Stl Today ^ | 3/21/12
    Blago's barber blabs: Hair is dyed, will soon go grayPosted: Wednesday, March 21, 2012 12:29 pm **SNIP** Vodovoz says Blagojevich's dark-brown dye will fade quickly and could be as gray as talk-show host Jay Leno's hair within three months. When he was governor, Blagojevich was so obsessive about his hair he had a security official carry a brush.
  • Cameras in tow, Blagojevich surrenders to prison

    03/15/2012 12:40:56 PM PDT · by Lazamataz · 23 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thu Mar 15, 2012 3:25pm EDT | By Andrew Stern
    (Reuters) - Convicted former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich surrendered at a Colorado prison on Thursday to begin serving a 14-year sentence on corruption charges, with TV news cameras tracking his every step. News cameras followed the former governor being driven from Denver's airport and walking into the Federal Correctional Institution Englewood, about 15 miles southwest of Denver, where he has been assigned inmate number 40892-424. He wore jeans, a navy sports coat and carried a small backpack. Emerging from his North Side Chicago home early Thursday to travel to the airport for a flight to Denver, an unsmiling Blagojevich, 55,...
  • Caption Blago on the way to prison

    03/16/2012 12:50:47 PM PDT · by crosshairs · 30 replies
  • Illinois' lost decade

    03/15/2012 6:36:22 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 5 replies
    Chicago tribune ^ | 15 mar 2012
    Ten years ago — it was March 19, 2002 — Illinois Democrats nominated Rod Blagojevich as their candidate for governor. The percentages should have humbled him: 37 for Blagojevich, 34 for former Chicago schools CEO Paul Vallas, 29 for former Attorney General Roland Burris. But rampant scandal under Republican Gov. George Ryan had chased him into retirement, and tipped Illinois Democratic in the Nov. 5 general election. On the night of that victory, an emboldened Blagojevich solemnly declared: "Illinois has voted for change." Change didn't come. On Dec. 7, 2011, a federal prosecutor would crisply synthesize Blagojevich's tenure as governor:...
  • Former Illinois Governor Blagojevich to have final word before prison

    03/14/2012 6:38:40 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies
    Reuters ^ | March 14, 2012 | By Andrew Stern
    (Reuters) - Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, never one to mince words during his political career, will have a final moment in the spotlight on Wednesday when he makes a statement before reporting to a federal prison to serve a 14-year sentence for corruption. Blagojevich said through a publicist that he will speak on Wednesday afternoon outside the home where FBI agents showed up on the morning of December 9, 2008, and arrested him. At the time, a surprised Blagojevich thought the arrest was a joke. But it was not a joke. Federal agents had spent months wire-tapping Blagojevich's telephones...
  • 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 ^ | 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...
  • 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: I Didn't Know Blago Had a Brother

    12/09/2011 4:41:08 PM PST · by La Enchiladita · 4 replies
    NBC Chicago ^ | Dec. 9, 2011 | BJ Lutz and Dick Johnson
    Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. says he didn't know former Gov. Rod Blagojevich had a brother until Blagojevich was indicted, and therefore couldn't have been working with the brother on a backroom deal for Barack Obama's vacant U.S. Senate seat. "I have said from the beginning that I publicly and transparently sought [the appointment]," Jackson writes in an op-ed piece published in a few Illinois newspapers this week. "I did nothing illegal, unethical or inappropriate." Still, a Congressional Ethics Committee last week announced it would continue investigating allegations Jackson sent emissaries to offer campaign cash in exchange for the seat, and...
  • Blago Gets 14 Years; Ethics Committee Must Now Act on Jesse Jackson, Jr.

    12/09/2011 11:13:30 AM PST · by jazusamo · 12 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | December 9, 2011 | NLPC Staff
    Yesterday, former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich was sentenced to 14 years in prison for, among other things, attempting to "sell" the US Senate seat that was once held by President Barack Obama. Blagojevich's punishment comes on the heels of the U.S. House Ethics Committee's decision to continue its investigation into Congressman Jesse Jackson's role in the same scheme. On December 2, the House Ethics Committee announced that it was continuing its investigation of Jackson for his alleged public campaign to "buy" the Senate seat in question. It is alleged by investigators that Jackson may have made unlawful use of...
  • Holder, Blago, Richardson: Triangle of Sleaze

    12/09/2011 8:53:19 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 7 replies
    NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE ^ | Dec 9, 2011 | Michelle Malkin
    NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE Michelle Malkin December 9, 2011 12:00 A.M. Holder, Blago, Richardson: Triangle of Sleaze A rough week for the Obama administration’s corruptocracy. 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 governor Rod Blagojevich (D., Ill.) received a 14-year prison sentence for scheming to sell Pres. Barack Obama’s Senate seat, along with several other pay-to-play schemes. Blago played the distressed daddy for the federal judge, invoking his young daughters and wife (who held her notoriously foul tongue...
  • Blagojevich prison facts

    12/08/2011 7:01:10 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 11 replies ^ | Dec 8, 2011
  • 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...
  • Top Blagojevich adviser Tony Rezko gets 10½ years (financed Obama's house)

    11/22/2011 10:48:27 AM PST · by iowamark · 9 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | November 22, 2011 | Annie Sweeney
    Antoin “Tony” Rezko was sentenced today to 10½ years in prison for extorting millions of dollars from firms seeking state business or regulatory approval while he was a top fundraiser and adviser to then-Gov. Rod Blagojevich. Rezko's daughter broke down sobbing in the courtroom as U.S. District Judge Amy St. Eve handed down the sentence. Rezko apologized to the judge, saying, “I come to ask for God's forgiveness and the court's mercy." "You were engaged in a very, very serious offense, Mr. Rezko" the judge said as she imposed the sentence. Several family members called out 'we love you" to...
  • 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...
  • Airline capitalizes on Blago, makes 'f-ing golden' travel offer

    06/28/2011 10:35:33 AM PDT · by Nachum · 6 replies
    WLS Radio ^ | 6/28/11 | Staff
    CHICAGO (WLS) - Former Ill. Gov. Rod Blagojevich's trials and tribulations have inspired one airlines to seize the opportunity to make a quick buck. An e-mail ad from Spirit Airlines debuted on Tuesday and features a man with a Blagojevich-like hairstyle behind bars with the tag line, "We got these fares and they're f-ing golden." "We've got these fares and they are f-ing golden starting from just $17 each way, based on roundtrip purchase. We are guilty of selling seats but don't expect this sale to serve much time. Get booked now," the ad says.
  • The Obama-Blago Connection

    06/27/2011 7:46:03 PM PDT · by Nachum · 12 replies · 1+ views
    big journalism ^ | 6/27/11 | Ron Futrell
    The activist old media does not want to make this connection. Barack Obama and Rod Blagojevich go way back. They emerged from the same cesspool that is Illinois/Chicago politics. Obama and Rahm Emanuel helped run Blago’s first campaign for Governor of Illinois, which he has now thoroughly disgraced (if that is possible with the governorship of that state.) Now that Blago has been convicted of trying to sell the “Obama Senate seat,” the media will work overtime to keep their beloved Dear Leader out of this. They might even try to make Obama a victim of sorts. Meanwhile, Obama played...
  • Jury convicts ex-Ill. Gov. Blagojevich at retrial

    06/27/2011 12:37:45 PM PDT · by libstripper · 24 replies
    Associated Press ^ | June 27, 2011 | Michael Tarm
    A jury has convicted Rod Blagojevich of trying to sell or trade President Barack Obama's old Senate seat and other corruption charges.

    06/27/2011 8:57:34 AM PDT · by kcvl · 95 replies
  • Prosecutors Attempt To Shut Blago Up

    04/21/2011 4:59:30 AM PDT · by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! · 13 replies · 1+ views ^ | 4/20/12011 | Marcus Riley
    The government of the United States declared today they have tired of the Rod Blagojevich road show. Prosecutor Reid Schar asked a federal judge to rein in the impeached former governor, accusing Blagojevich of using his frequent public appearances as a calculated strategy to taint the jury for his upcoming trial. “At some point, enough is enough,” Schar told judge James Zagel. “If he wants to continue to lie, he ought to be called on it.” At issue, is the former governor’s continuing assertion that prosecutors are withholding tapes which might bolster his claims of innocence. Schar said Blagojevich knows...
  • Why do 3 supporters own Obama home?

    04/20/2011 7:03:10 PM PDT · by Hotlanta Mike · 132 replies · 1+ views
    WorldNet Daily ^ | April 20, 2011 | Jerome R. Corsi
    This, the first of a series of articles on the Obama home at 5046 S. Greenwood, establishes that three individuals other than Obama are listed in public records as owners and taxpayers on the property. Barack Obama is not among at least three people listed as current owners and taxpayers of the mansion his family calls home in Chicago's upscale Kenwood neighborhood, according to public records. WND reported in December 2008 that William Miceli, the attorney for convicted political operative Tony Rezko and a fundraiser for Obama, owns the Obama home at 5046 S. Greenwood.
  • 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...
  • Convicted Rezko partner cooperated with feds (More of the Chicago way)

    03/09/2011 10:23:05 AM PST · by Islander7 · 7 replies
    Souht Town Star ^ | March 8, 2011 | Natasha Korecki
    A onetime Tony Rezko business partner, who once was a Chicago cop and chief executive of a company that won a $50 million security contract in Iraq, has pleaded guilty to federal charges in Chicago after he cooperated with authorities. Daniel T. Frawley pleaded guilty on Feb. 14 to bank fraud and structuring transactions — a plea that came about two weeks after his charges were made public.
  • 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,...
  • White House Insider: "President Obama is lost. Absolutely lost."

    10/26/2010 10:10:18 PM PDT · by Future Useless Eater · 197 replies · 1+ views
    NewsFlavor ^ | October 26, 2010 | Ulsterman
    ... Just tell me about this scandal.  (Leans back, folds arms across chest.  Looks outside – then back to me) Ok then – I’ll point your nose in the right direction.  Enough people are sniffing in the same garbage pile anyways, including the Times.  Though I suspect they are burying it at the moment, or trying to.  They are still heavily invested in Obama, but that may change soon… Go back to Chicago.  That is the key.  There is other crap around the White House, other things that could trip them up, but Chicago is where the real heavy deal...
  • White House Insider: "They were in shock at the president’s behavior."

    10/25/2010 8:54:13 AM PDT · by maggief · 341 replies · 1+ views
    NewsFlavor ^ | October 25, 2010 | Ulsterman
    Our latest interview with the White House Insider reveals a Democratic Party civil war, with growing opposition to the Obama White House. Author’s Note: This interview took place for nearly two hours over the weekend at the office of the White House Insider. We wish to extend our gratitude for their making time to meet with us despite an extremely demanding schedule. The information contained in this interview is among the most in depth and fascinating to date, and due to the extent of information, will come in two installments. Here is installment one:
  • Blago retrial delayed till April

    10/23/2010 12:06:05 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 2 replies
    Politico ^ | Oct 23,2010 | Josh Gerstein
    That sound you hear is Rahm Emanuel exhaling. A federal judge in Chicago today granted a defense request to delay the retrial of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D-Ill.) from January until April 20, a Chicago source confirms. That would put the trial after the Feb. 22 election and even after a runoff, if necessary, slated for April 5.