| Jun 27, 2011
| 4:13 PM
Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn, who assumed office after Blagojevich's impeachment, said today’s guilty verdict marks "a serious day for our state."
Quinn said Blagojevich's corruption conviction, along with that of previous Gov. George Ryan,...
| Jun 2, 2011
| 3:25 PM
The trial ended for the weekend as Assistant U.S. Atty. Reid Schar was asking if Rod Blagojevich was worried that convicted fundraiser Antoin “Tony” Rezko was cooperating against him.
Was Blagojevich “concerned?” Schar asked...
| Jul 2, 2011
As a candidate and as governor, Rod Blagojevich loved to toss around the word "corrupt" as he heaped scorn on the business-as-usual nature of Illinois politics. So his reaction to the 2006 conviction of his predecessor, George Ryan, was totally in...
| Sep 26, 2011
The mayor of a small town that is accused of siphoning millions of sales tax dollars from Chicago and elsewhere has used his village credit card for $36,000 in purchases, dinners and trips over four years, records show.
The expenses by Channahon Mayor...
| Mar 11, 2012
There's a friend who'd like to give him one last hug. Neighbors dashing off goodbye notes. And a curious city that wants to know about how the suddenly private Rod Blagojevich is coping with his final days of freedom.
But the man who once welcomed the...
| Jun 28, 2011
A federal jury Monday convicted Rod Blagojevich of sweeping corruption, putting an end to a tragicomic legal and political drama that brought down Illinois' showy and would-be populist former governor.
In its 10th day of deliberations, the 11-woman, one-...
| Oct 2, 2011
| 2:18 PM
The Bears' Julius Peppers had dinner with four of his former Carolina Panthers teammates, including Steve Smith, at Chicago Cut Steakhouse the night before Sunday's Bears-Panthers game at Soldier Field. Peppers also dined at Chicago Cut with nine of his...
| Dec 8, 2011
| 1:42 PM
Ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich should be denied his $65,000-a-year pension because the corruption that is sending him to prison is clearly tied to his position in state government, the Illinois attorney general advised Thursday.
The legal opinion, delivered a...
| Nov 22, 2011
| 5:18 AM
There’s no denying Romeo Santos can sing bachata, but the lead singer of Aventura, the self-proclaimed “Kings of Bachata,” claims dancing it is another story.
“I’m not a dancer,” Santos told me at the Park Hyatt...
| Aug 16, 2011
| 11:03 AM
The League of Women Voters of Illinois filed a federal lawsuit today alleging Democratic-drawn boundaries for the state legislature and congressional districts violate the U.S. Constitution and asked the court to order an impartial process to redraw the...
| Sep 9, 2010
| 7:47 PM
Mayor Richard M. Daley may be leaving office next spring, but his name won't be out of sight anytime soon.
Like politicians everywhere, Daley was never afraid of putting his name in prominent places.
From the Old Water Tower to U.S. Cellular Field, from...
| Dec 8, 2011
"He was corrupt when he took the oath of office. He was corrupt until the day he was arrested."
—Federal prosecutor Reid Schar at the sentencing of Rod Blagojevich, Dec. 7, 2011.
"My life is in ruins. … I have nobody to blame but myself for...