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  • Kass: 5 years later, piecing together players of Operation Board Games

    Kass: 5 years later, piecing together players of Operation Board Games
    This is the time for Christmas lists — which elves have been naughty, which ones have been nice and which ones have skipped along the Chicago Way without doing hard time. So I wonder if Federal Inmate 40892-424 out in Englewood, Colo., has made...
  • Cellini sentenced to year and a day in shakedown plot

    Cellini sentenced to year and a day in shakedown plot
    Springfield powerbroker William Cellini was sentenced to a year and day in prison today for his role in corruption tied to imprisoned former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich. Cellini, 77, a longtime Republican lobbyist and fundraiser, had operated for years...
  • When will Blagojevich actually report to prison?

     
    Today's news -- Judge sets Blagojevich sentencing for Oct. 6 -- prompts me to take a look back at a portion of my blog entry from last year, What to Expect While We're Expecting a Verdict: [Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich......
  • What to expect while we're expecting a verdict

     
    Six things to expect if former Gov. Rod Blagojevich is acquitted by the jury now deliberating his fate: 1. He’ll hold a triumphant news conference in the lobby of the courthouse. He’ll crow to the camera that he’s been vindicated......
  • A tragedy and a shame

     
    Developing story: Metra chief found dead hours before meeting on his fate: Metra executive director Phil Pagano was found dead this morning, the agency said in a release. Metra would not confirm reports that Pagano was struck by a Metra......
  • Ex-Blagojevich aide Lon Monk enters new guilty plea

     
    From the Breaking News Center: One of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich's former chiefs of staff who is expected to be a key witness in his corruption trial entered a new guilty plea in federal court this morning. Alonzo "Lon" Monk,......
  • Blagojevich: Corrupt plotter or honest victim?

    Blagojevich: Corrupt plotter or honest victim?
    Rod Blagojevich heard himself described during opening statements at his corruption trial Tuesday as naive, shallow, lacking in judgment and deeply insecure. And that was from his own lawyer, Sam Adam Jr. Hardly a flattering portrait for the politician...
  • Blagojevich defense lawyer spars with witness, scores a few points

    Blagojevich defense lawyer spars with witness, scores a few points
    The objections from a prosecutor came almost as fast and furiously as the questions from defense lawyer Sam Adam Jr. Almost. Adam was working hard to keep witness Alonzo "Lon" Monk on the ropes, and he paraded back and forth between a lectern in the...
  • Ex-aide: Governor often MIA

    Ex-aide: Governor often MIA
    Rod Blagojevich may have been governor of Illinois but often appeared to do everything but run the state, dwelling instead on his political fortunes and his family's finances, two former top aides to Blagojevich testified at his political corruption trial...
  • Blagojevich trial: Jury hears 'I've got this thing and it's (expletive) golden' quote

    Rod Blagojevich had been jealous of Barack Obama's rise out of Illinois politics to the White House, one of his former top aides testified Tuesday, but the day after Obama's victory rally in Grant Park, the governor was on the phone talking about a...
  • Race briefly an issue as Blago juror questioning ends

    Race briefly an issue as Blago juror questioning ends
    Questioning of prospective jurors has concluded in the retrial of Rod Blagojevich, but U.S. District Judge James Zagel is giving the lawyers the weekend to mull their cuts before 12 jurors and six alternates are picked.   Three more made it past the...
  • Former governor hit for alleged corruption, grandiosity

    Former governor hit for alleged corruption, grandiosity
    Over the six weeks that prosecutors laid out their case against Rod Blagojevich, witnesses and secret wiretaps portrayed the former governor as extravagant, obsessed with his own looks and image, a lousy steward of his family finances, near-delusional...