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  • Blagojevich campaign account donates final dollars

    A federal campaign account for imprisoned former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is now empty, two years into the Chicago Democrat's prison term.

  • Court accepts late Blagojevich records

    A court in Chicago has confirmed that transcripts of FBI wiretaps not played at Rod Blagojevich's corruption trials have been made part of the official appellate record.

  • FILE - In this March 15, 2012 file photo, former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich waves as he departs his Chicago home for Littleton, Colo., to begin his 14-year prison sentence on corruption charges. On Tuesday, March 11, 2014, the 7th U.S. Court of Appeals in Chicago said transcripts of FBI wiretaps not played at Blagojevich's corruption trials will remain sealed. The court is still mulling its decision on the imprisoned former Illinois governor's request to toss his convictions. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)

    Court: Unplayed Blagojevich tapes to stay sealed

    An appellate court in Chicago ruled Tuesday that transcripts of FBI wiretaps not played at Rod Blagojevich's corruption trials would be part of the appellate record but would remain sealed, at least for now.

  • FILE - In this June 20, 2012 file photo, Chicago-area businessman Raghuveer Nayak leaves the federal building in Chicago. A sentencing hearing is scheduled on Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, at federal court in Chicago for Nayak, a longtime fundraiser to both imprisoned former Gov. Rod Blagojevich and imprisoned former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. He pleaded guilty to bribing physicians for patient referrals to clinics he owns. (AP Photo/Chicago Sun-Times, Rich Hein, File)  MANDATORY CREDIT, MAGS OUT, NO SALES

    Blagojevich-scandal figure sentenced to 2 years

    A longtime fundraiser for former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. who was a figure in scandals that landed former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich behind bars was sentenced Monday to two years in prison for health care fraud.

  • Blagojevich transcripts at issue in appeal

    Whether to unseal transcripts of FBI wiretaps that were not played at Rod Blagojevich's corruption trials but that were submitted as part of his appeal became a point of contention Monday between prosecutors and the defense.

  • Blago trial witness testifies at Nayak sentencing

    A witness at former Gov. Rod Blagojevich's initial trial testified Wednesday at the sentencing of a Chicago-area businessman convicted of bribing doctors for referrals to surgery centers, describing "panic" among some political fundraisers after Blagojevich's 2008 arrest.

  • FILE - In this June 4, 2012, file photo, former assistant United States Attorney Reid Schar speaks during an interview at the office of his law firm Jenner & Block in Chicago. Schar, who served 13 years as as an assistant U.S. attorney, was the lead prosecutor in former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's corruption trial. On Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014, the New Jersey Assembly tapped Schar as special counsel to advise a legislative committee plot that shut down lanes to the George Washington Bridge for four days in September. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)

    Blagojevich prosecutor to lead NJ scandal inquiry

    The federal prosecutor who helped convict former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich of corruption was tapped Wednesday to investigate the apparent political payback scandal involving New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's administration.

  • FILE - In this Jan. 23, 2003 file photo, former Chicago alderman Ambrosio Medrano is seen in Chicago. A federal judge in Chicago is scheduled to sentence Medrano on Friday, Jan. 10, 2014, for scheming to pay bribes for medical contracts and for receiving kickbacks. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)

    Ex-Chicago alderman gets 10 ½ years for corruption

    CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge who on Friday sentenced a former Chicago alderman to 10 ½ years in prison for scheming to accept kickbacks invoked former Gov. Rod Blagojevich's name in saying that some politicians in Illinois aren't getting the message that corrupt behavior ultimately carries a heavy price.

  • Illustration by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

    MIX: Home invasion by Big Labor

    Last month, Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton signed into law a bill that designates home-based child care and personal care providers, many of whom are self-employed business owners, as state workers solely for the purpose of forcing them into union ranks.

  • ** FILE ** This March 9, 2012, file photo shows Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. , D-Ill., and his wife, Chicago Alderman Sandi Jackson, asking each other for their support and votes as they arrive at a polling station for early voting in Chicago. A spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner says he has received letter of resignation from Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. Wednesday. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)

    Hopefuls eye shot at House seat after Jesse Jackson Jr. announces resignation

    The jockeying to replace Jesse Jackson Jr. began before the ink was dry on the former congressman's resignation letter.

  • Blagojevich's brother writing book on legal saga

    Imprisoned former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's brother says he's writing a book about his own three-year-long legal ordeal that resulted in prosecutors dropping all charges against him.

  • ** FILE ** Rep. Jesse L. Jackson Jr., Illinois Democrat (AP Photo)

    Rep. Jackson requires in-patient treatment

    Rep. Jesse L. Jackson Jr. is suffering from "physical and emotional ailments" that require extended in-patient treatment, according to a statement from his office Thursday.

  • ** FILE ** U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald talks about the criminal complaint against then-Illinois Gov. Rod  Blagojevich during a news conference in Chicago in 2008.

    Fitzgerald to step down as U.S. attorney in Chicago

    Patrick Fitzgerald, one of the most feared U.S. attorneys in the nation and the architect of convictions against two Illinois governors and a former vice presidential aide, announced Wednesday that he is stepping down from the post he has held for more than a decade in Chicago.

  • U.S Attorney Patrick J. Fitzgerald, who oversaw thousands of criminal prosecutions in Illinois, will leave his post at the end of June. He calls the job he held for 11 1/2 years "one of the greatest opportunities that one could ever hope for." (Associated Press)

    U.S. attorney Fitzgerald leaving office

    Patrick J. Fitzgerald, known as one of the most relentless U.S. attorneys in the nation and the architect of convictions against two Illinois governors and a former vice-presidential aide, announced Wednesday that he is stepping down from the post he has held for more than a decade in Chicago.

  • Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich kisses his wife, Patti, while speaking to the media March 14, 2012 in Chicago. (Associated Press)

    Blagojevich's wife complains about sentence

    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.

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  • Then-Gov. Rod Blagojevich noted at the time that Illinois is one of the nation's top popcorn-producing states.

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  • "Roland Burris is a good man and a fine public servant, but the Senate Democrats made it clear weeks ago that they cannot accept an appointment made by a governor who is accused of selling this very Senate seat. I agree with their decision, and it is extremely disappointing that Governor Blagojevich has chosen to ignore it," he said in a statement from his vacation in Hawaii.

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