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The Republicans in Illinois' congressional delegation are asking President Trump not to grant former Gov. Rod Blagojevich clemency.

Illinois' imprisoned ex-governor, Rod Blagojevich, has filed paperwork asking President Donald Trump to commute his 14-year prison term for corruption that included seeking to sell an appointment to the Senate seat Barack Obama vacated to become president.

A trial attorney for imprisoned former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich says she's excited that President Donald Trump is considering commuting the Democrat's 14-year prison sentence for corruption.

An appeals court has refused to toss corruption charges against former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock, saying it can't assess whether his prosecution violated constitutional separation-of-powers clauses until after he goes to trial.

SIU School of Law - Southern Illinois University

MARION, Ill. (AP) - A southern Illinois judge who went to Chicago for a temporary assignment and ended up helping convict dozens of judges, attorneys and police officers in one of city's most famous corruption cases has died.

Convicted $54 million municipal embezzler Rita Crundwell has been transferred to a federal prison in her home state of Illinois.

The Justice Department says in a new filing in former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock's corruption case that a 1995 ruling that's long provided guidance in the prosecution of politicians is wrong.

There are signs key portions of the corruption case against former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock may be at risk of unraveling.

Illinois attorney general candidate Sharon Fairley is outlining steps she would take to root corruption as the state’s top attorney.

Fairley says if elected she’d create a hotline for reporting corruption - and push legislation to strengthen the state’s legislative and executive watchdogs - among other proposals.

FAIRLEY: "I don’t think there’s enough energy, focus or attention right now in the office. And there’s a lot of work to be done."

The new year will be one of big decisions in Illinois.

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: