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Richard F. Mell

Years later, Blagojevich still creates trouble for Democrats

The investigation that sent former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich to prison is still causing political problems for Democrats , a decade after the FBI began secretly recording his profanity-laced conversations.

Billionaire J.B. Pritzker, a leading candidate for governor, is the latest forced to do damage control. He's heard on newly released wiretaps making disparaging comments about prominent Chicago African-Americans in a 2008 call with Blagojevich about filling a vacant U.S. Senate seat.

Pritzker, the pick of many in the Democratic establishment, apologized Tuesday at a news conference with several African-American supporters at his side. On Wednesday, his...

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