Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich gives a thumbs up as he leaves the Dirksen U.S. Courthouse at the conclusion of the day's trial proceedings. An allegation that a supporter of U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. told the Democratic congressman in 2008 that he would raise $1 million in return for then-Gov. Rod Blagojevich naming Jackson to the U.S. Senate, a federal prosecutor was part of a busy day at Blagojevich's federal corruption trial. It was the first time authorities publicly suggested Jackson was aware of efforts by his allies to swap campaign cash for his appointment to the Senate seat vacated by President-elect Barack Obama. Prosecutors also played a rapid-fire sequence of secret wiretap recordings that show Blagojevich reluctantly warming to Jackson as a Senate pick after first profanely ripping him as a non-starter.
Phil Velasquez, Chicago Tribune