A federal judge sentenced a former Illinois official to four years' probation Tuesday in a "pay-to-play" scheme in which he donated $50,000 to then-Illinois Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich's campaign in exchange for a state job.
Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's wife has questioned her husband's 14-year sentence compared with a ten-day term the same judge handed to an ex-Blagojevich aide.
Rod Blagojevich, the ousted Illinois governor whose three-year battle against criminal charges became a national spectacle, was sentenced to 14 years in prison Wednesday, one of the stiffest penalties imposed for corruption in a state with a history of crooked politics.
Rod Blagojevich's days of reckoning arrive Tuesday when a federal judge opens a sentencing hearing for the disgraced former Illinois governor on 18 corruption counts, including trying to auction off President Barack Obama's old Senate seat.
As Rod Blagojevich steps before a sentencing judge, the impeached Illinois governor might do well to suppress the cocksure, perpetual campaigner in him and conjure up a lesser-known figure: The humble, contrite family man.
Ousted Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's attorney said on Monday that a federal judge was likely to set the convicted former politician's new sentencing date for late October or early November.
Impeached Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich has offered up a lengthy list of alleged errors and biases at his recently concluded corruption retrial in asking a federal judge to set aside his multiple convictions and grant him yet another trial.
Lawyers for former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich rested their case Wednesday at his corruption retrial after calling witnesses that included a former congressman to follow Mr. Blagojevich himself.
Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich offered more short answers Tuesday in his seventh day of testimony at his corruption retrial, seeming to heed repeated requests from the judge and prosecutors to stop giving chatty answers to "yes or no" questions.
Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich fielded a question on the witnesses stand Wednesday about his most infamous comment of all those captured on FBI wiretap recordings at the center of his second corruption trial.
Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich told jurors Tuesday during his third day on the witness stand that he never tried to shake down a politically connected road builder for $500,000 in campaign cash.
Jury selection in the retrial of impeached Illinois Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich is taking "relatively long" because of the high-profile nature of the case and the fact that this is the second time around for the defendant, the judge said Wednesday.