Topic - Antoin "Tony" Rezko

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  • Antoin "Tony" Rezko, shown here in 2008, was sentenced to 10 1/2 years for corruption as a top fundraiser for ousted Illinois Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich. He gets credit for time served since 2008.  (Associated Press)

    Graft figure given 10½ years

    A former top fundraiser for ousted Illinois Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich, convicted of pressuring firms for kickbacks as part of a political pay-to-play scheme, was sentenced Tuesday to 10 1/2 years in prison but will get credit for time served.

  • Obama donor arrested by FBI

    Federal agents yesterday arrested former Barack Obama political fundraiser Antoin "Tony" Rezko after his $2 million bond was revoked — a week after Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton called him a "slumlord" during a slugfest Democratic presidential debate.

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  • He said it is unusual to see such a long sentence for corruption and that it appeared the sentences are getting longer.

    Graft figure given 10½ years →

  • Rezko told the judge his brother, sister and favorite cousin passed away during his incarceration, and no punishment could be greater than the guilt he feels for not being with them when they were dying.

    Graft figure given 10½ years →

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