corruption

Former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock is appealing a recent lower-court decision allowing prosecutors in his corruption case to take the Peoria Republican to trial on 22 criminal counts.

Imprisoned ex-Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich has again asked the U.S. Supreme Court to toss his convictions on corruption charges, saying he never crossed lines into illegal fundraising.

One of the defense attorneys for former Governor Rod Blagojevich is running for Illinois attorney general.

State Rep. Scott Drury says he's dropping out of the race for Illinois governor to run for attorney general.

Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich says he spends his time sweeping and mopping floors while serving a federal prison sentence after corruption convictions.

A federal court has taken just three days to reject the appeal of imprisoned former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich seeking a third sentencing.  The unanimous ruling by the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago dismissed arguments that the Democrat's trial-court judge should have reduced his 14-year prison term for corruption because of his good behavior behind bars.

Cass Herrington / Peoria Public Radio

WASHINGTON (AP) - Attorneys for former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock say a staffer secretly provided the government with a trove of confidential documents in violation of Schock's protection from unreasonable search and seizure.

Aaron Schock is accused of allegedly using government and campaign money to subsidize a lavish lifestyle, as well as pocketing thousands of constituents' dollars.   The indictment unveiled this month says the 35-year old former Illinois Republican congressman hosted annual Washington tours and meet-and-greets, charged a special fee and secretly kept some of the cash. 

Peoria Public Radio

 

Former Illinois Congressman Aaron Schock will be arraigned next month on charges alleging he schemed to profit personally from his government job. Schock was scheduled to be arraigned Nov. 21 on theft of government funds, fraud, making false statements and filing false tax returns charges. However, Schock's attorneys asked for a delay, saying an arraignment that day would interfere with a planned international business trip.

Rod Blagojevich's lawyer has notified a federal court that the imprisoned former Illinois governor plans to appeal his 14-year sentence for corruption imposed at a resentencing earlier this month.  Leonard Goodman filed the brief notice with U.S. District Court in Chicago, informing sentencing Judge James Zagel that the 59-year-old Democrat will appeal to the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

The former CEO of Chicago Public Schools will be arraigned Tuesday in federal court on corruption charges.

 A federal court has denied a request by imprisoned former Gov. Rod Blagojevich to delay his resentencing while he asks the U.S. Supreme Court to hear his case.      

Illinois lawmaker convicted of bribery

Apr 23, 2015
Peoria Public Radio

A judge has sentenced a Chicago Democrat to 5 months in prison for pocketing a $7,000 bribe from a purported day care for his backing of a state grant application.  

Attorney General Lisa Madigan's Republican opponent says the incumbent is too entrenched in Democratic Party politics. Paul Schimpf, a former military prosecutor, says that's made Madigan unwilling to go after corruption in her own party.

Reverand Jesse Jackson speaks about son

Nov 8, 2013

The Reverend Jesse Jackson says he has not visited since his son reported to federal prison late last month. Former Congressman Jesse Jackson Junior is serving two-and-a-half years in North Carolina. He was convicted of corruption for spending 750-thousand dollars of his campaign fund on personal spoils.

Central figure in Blago investigation sentenced to jail

Jul 31, 2013

A central figure in the Blagojevich investigation was sentenced Wednesday to 27 months in federal prison. IPR’s Robert Wildeboer reports: