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Tuesday, Jan 3, 2012 at 7:39 PM
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By Andrew Greiner

30 Years Not Likely for Blago

Defense attorneys, experts and even the prosecution seem to be backing away from such a hefty sentence. Read »

Tuesday, Jan 3, 2012 at 7:39 PM
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By BJ Lutz

Blagojevich Sentencing Could Be Delayed

Blagojevich Sentencing Could Be Delayed
Charles Rex Arbogast, AP

Judge James Zagel may be in the midst of another trial when sentencing is expected to begin Oct. 6. Read »

Monday, Aug 1, 2011 at 12:18 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Judge Sets Blago Sentencing Date

Judge Sets Blago Sentencing Date
Charles Rex Arbogast, AP

Is Blagojevich ready for sentencing? "Of course! Absolutely! Get it over with!" said attorney Sheldon Sorosky. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 26, 2011 at 5:57 AM
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By Phil Rogers

Blagojevich Demands New Trial

Blagojevich Demands New Trial
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Attorneys for former governor Rod Blagojevich filed a motion Monday night asking a judge to set his conviction aside. Read »

Saturday, Jul 16, 2011 at 1:24 PM
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By Phil Rogers

Blago Clams Up During Court Appearance

It would appear that reality is starting to set in for Illinois' convicted former governor. Read »

Friday, Jul 15, 2011 at 3:50 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Blago Bond Set at $450K

Blago Bond Set at $450K
Charles Rex Arbogast, AP

The convicted governor must put up his home and a Washington condo as collateral. Read »

Thursday, Jul 14, 2011 at 2:30 PM
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By Phil Rogers

Blago Lawyers Want to Talk to Jurors

Blago Lawyers Want to Talk to Jurors
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The ex-governor's attorneys asked Judge Zagel for permission to talk to the jurors who convicted Rod Blagojevich. Read »

Thursday, Jul 14, 2011 at 1:05 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Blagojevich Back in Court Friday

Blagojevich Back in Court Friday
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Prosecutors filed a motion Wednesday to settle an issue over securing the former governor's bond. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 5, 2011 at 11:34 AM
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By Phil Rogers

Blago Attorneys Take First Step to Appeal

Blago Attorneys Take First Step to Appeal
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The Blagojevich legal team filed a motion Tuesday with Judge James Zagel, asking that the completed juror questionnaires be preserved. Read »

Tuesday, Jun 28, 2011 at 9:46 PM
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By Charlie Wojciechowski

Prison Advice for Blago: Check Your Ego

He'll likely be able to keep his hair, but life is definitely going to change for Rod Blagojevich. Read »

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Who We're Covering
Rahm Emanuel

Rahm Emanuel

Foul mouthed, iron-fisted and arrogant. Say hello to Mayor Emanuel.

Scott Walker

Scott Walker

Scott Walker, the governor of Wisconsin, made a name for himself by taking on the unions in Wisconsin, eliminating their collective bargaining power, and then surviving a recall election that sprang from that...

Bruce Rauner

Bruce Rauner

Bruce Rauner, a multi-millionaire venture capitalist from Winnetka and a Republican, took over the Illinois governor's mansion in 2015 and immediately asked the residents of the state to prepare for some pain.

Michael Madigan

Michael Madigan

Master of the Illinois political universe, behind-the-scenes strong arm, and speaker of the house.

Ed Burke

Ed Burke

Ed Burke has played the stoic counterpart to Mayor Daley's outspoken boss hog since the Mayor took office.

Barack Obama

Barack Obama

He's nearing the end of his presidency and considering his next moves. Will Chicago have a play?

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Phil Rogers Emmy Award-winning reporter with trenchant insight into Chicago's political machinations.
Mary Ann Ahern WMAQ's Political Reporter since 2006, not afraid of a challenge. Read full bio .