Rod Blagojevich

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.

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 appeals court again has rejected a request from former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich for a rehearing on his request for another resentencing.

Lawyers for former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich have asked for another hearing before the same three-judge panel that affirmed his 14-year prison sentence last month.  Blagojevich's attorney petitioned the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Friday to rehear his case. 

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CHICAGO (AP) - A daughter of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is criticizing former President Barack Obama for not granting early release to her father, who's serving prison time for corruption.

President Barack Obama is leaving office without granting early prison release to former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.  Obama released a list of his final acts of clemency today and the list didn't include Blagojevich. 

CHICAGO (AP) - One of the last options former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich has of early release from prison rests on a pending decision with the man whose Senate seat Blagojevich was convicted of trying to sell, President Barack Obama.

The Department of Justice confirms the 60-year-old Blagojevich submitted a request to have his 14-year prison sentence for corruption commuted. His convictions include counts for seeking to exchange an appointment to Obama's old Senate seat for campaign cash.

 If Obama does not decide on Blagojevich's request by his last day in office, it carries over to President-elect Donald Trump. Blagojevich once appeared on Trump's "Celebrity Apprentice."

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Illinois records show that Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has donated more money to past Illinois races than any of the current major party candidates and their running mates.  Trump has previously donated to numerous candidates, including former Republican governor George Ryan and former Democratic governor Rod Blagojevich, who were both convicted of felonies. 

The Supreme Court won't reconsider its decision to reject former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's appeal of his corruption convictions.  The justices denied without comment a long-shot petition urging the court to take another look at the case. 

Cruz attacks Trump over contributions to Democrats

Mar 14, 2016
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Republican Presidential candidate Ted Cruz is criticizing the G-O-P front-runner for contributing cash to Illinois Democrats.

Senator Cruz is spending the day touring Illinois - ahead of tomorrow’s primary.

And he spent a good portion of his speech in west suburban Glen Ellyn focusing on Donald Trump, calling him a Washington lobbyist...
Because he’s contributed money to Democratic campaigns, like Rod Blagojevich, the Cook County Democratic Party, and 50-thousand dollars to Rahm Emanuel.

 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.      

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has eliminated the need for the chief executive to approve non-political state government hires. Rauner signed an executive order Thursday rescinding another signed by former Democratic Gov. Rod Blagojevich more than 12 years ago.      

  CHICAGO (AP) - The former top fundraiser for imprisoned former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich has been released from prison and transferred to a halfway house. Tony Rezko was convicted in 2008 of fraud, money laundering and plotting to squeeze more than $7 million from companies seeking to do state business during Blagojevich's tenure. Rezko was sentenced to 10 1/2 years in prison. He was also serving time for fraud over the bogus sale of his pizza restaurants. U.S.

Thousands of state employees are a step closer to receiving money they've been waiting on since 2011. 

State Senator Chapin Rose says procurement rules put in place to address corruption during the Blagojevich era are too top-heavy and bureaucratic. 

Former Gov. Pat Quinn worked right up until his successor was sworn into office last week. 

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Rod Blagojevich's brother, Robert, says in a new book his relationship with his sibling has been so strained that the ex-governor even refused to see him when he traveled to Colorado to visit him in prison.  

Illegal lobbying trial to start Monday

Sep 26, 2014

The federal trial of a man accused of illegally lobbying for the Zimbabwe government is set to start Monday in Chicago. The case has also brought to light new accusations against a former Illinois US Senator.  

The rise and fall of the Green Party in Il

Sep 8, 2014

After failing to get on the November ballot,  the Green Party's candidates for Governor and Secretary of State say they will launch a write-in campaign in this fall's election. That comes less than a decade after the Illinois Greens pulled in enough votes to reach "major party status" in Illinois. Illinois Public Radio's Bill Wheelhouse looks at why the Greens may have fallen back into being "just another third party".

In the 2006  Governors Race,  Judy Baar Topinka was challenging incumbent Rod Blagojevich. There was also Rich Whitney who ran for Governor as a candidate for the Green Party. He got more than ten percent of the vote that year.

The practice of digging up dirt on politicians

Sep 2, 2014

Brace yourself, citizens. September is the unofficial start of campaign season. You’re about to be spun by dueling poll numbers, attack ads and negative messages in multiple guises. To help you decipher the onslaught, Illinois Public Radio is taking you behind the scenes this week to meet the practitioners of politics’ dark arts. Alex Keefe tracked down opposition researchers, the folks whose job it is to dig up dirt on politicians.

KEEFE: "Testing, testing. Hey - Hey, can I talk to you?"

The curtains are closing on the Chicago play "I Wish to Apologize to the People of Illinois", a timely production, given that Monday, December 9th marks five years since Rod Blagojevich's arrest.

A central Illinois legislator has filed a resolution calling on the governor to spend more time in the capital city.  IPR'S Amanda Vinicky reports.

You never know what'll come up during a candidates' debate.  Back in 2010, it was Gov. Pat Quinn's underwear. As proof that he lives in Springfield, Quinn offered that he keeps his underwear at the governor's mansion.

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:


Lawyers for Jesse Jackson Junior Monday are expected to argue against prosecutors’ recommended prison sentences for the ex-Congressman and his wife. IPR’S Alex Keefe reports.

The government wants to send former Chicago alderman Sandi Jackson to prison first for 18 months while the former Congressman stays with their two kids. Prosecutors then want Jackson Junior to serve four years once his wife gets out.