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  • 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.


  • Ousted Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich entered the Englewood Federal Correctional Institution in Littleton, Colo., on Thursday, March 15, 2012, to serve a 14-year sentence on corruption charges. Downtown Denver is in the background. (AP Photo/Federal Bureau of Prisons)

    Blagojevich enters federal prison in Colorado

    Convicted former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich entered a federal prison in Colorado on Thursday to begin a 14-year sentence for corruption, the latest chapter in the downfall of a charismatic politician that seemed more like a bizarre reality TV show than a legal battle.


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