| Jun 8, 2010
| 5:14 PM
Federal investigators recently made covert tape recordings of Gov. Rod Blagojevich in the most dramatic step yet in their corruption investigation of him and his administration, the Tribune has learned.
As part of this undercover effort, one of the...
| Apr 20, 2010
| 7:26 PM
Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich strutted up to a bank of microphones outside his lawyers' offices in jeans, a blazer and television makeup Tuesday and all but challenged U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald to a duel at 10 paces.
Fitzgerald lied about him...
| Jul 8, 2010
| 7:17 PM
Rod Blagojevich's approval ratings had tanked and he was furious. Illinois voters were ingrates, the former governor complained to an aide on an undercover recording played at his corruption trial Thursday.
"I (expletive) busted my ass and pissed...
| Jul 15, 2010
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...
| Jul 19, 2010
Rod Blagojevich has loaded his witness list with star power, but no one's performance will matter as much — or be as highly expected — as his own.
The beleaguered ex-governor is expected to take the stand at his corruption trial early this...
| Jul 15, 2011
| 11:55 AM
A federal judge today set bond at $450,000 for former Gov. Rod Blagojevich and ordered him to post his North Side house and Washington condo as collateral despite the defense declaring that the Chicago residence is up for sale.
U.S. District Judge James...
| Mar 15, 2011
| 8:11 AM
WLS-AM 890 has found another husband-and-wife team to fill in Wednesday morning for Don and Roma Wade: Former reality TV stars Rod and Patti Blagojevich.
"I feel like the time is right, given all that's going on in the state of Illinois and city of...
| Mar 16, 2011
| 10:36 AM
At least he didn't swear.
Subbing on WLS radio this morning, Rod Blagojevich described his arrest by the FBI on corruption charges as "my tsunami," and called Gov. Pat Quinn and legislative leaders "scoundrels" for passing an income tax hike.
| May 9, 2011
| 4:39 PM
Testimony in Rod Blagojevich’s retrial ended today with a stern lecture from U.S. District Judge James Zagel to the former governor’s defense team about what he considered improper questioning they had directed at two government witnesses....
| May 26, 2011
| 3:04 PM
Before the trial wrapped up for the day, Rod Blagojevich began testifying about charges he tried to force a campaign donation from a horseracing executive by holding off on signing a bill that diverted casino funds to the struggling horse tracks in...
| May 31, 2011
| 3:39 PM
Before Rod Blagojevich’s retrial ended for the day, the former governor addressed in the most detail yet the charges he tried to sell Barack Obama’s Senate seat.
Blagojevich denied interest after his brother, Robert, the former governor&...
| Aug 21, 2011
| 5:42 PM
A former state contractor with close ties to ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich plans to enter a guilty plea Monday, more than four years after she was charged with bilking the state out of $2 million for drug tests that were never performed, said a source with...