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Tuesday, Aug 26, 2014 at 6:54 PM
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By Staff Report

Rod Blagojevich Sends Wife Anniversary Letter From Prison

In what might be the highest level of communication the public has seen from him, Rod Blagojevich sent his wife, Patti, a letter this week from prison for the couple's 24th wedding anniversary. Read »

Monday, Aug 18, 2014 at 11:01 PM
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By Phil Rogers

Appeals Court Reinstates Casino Lawsuit Tied to Blagojevich

Judges at the Court of Appeals say there is adequate evidence to support an allegation that in 2008, Rod Blagojevich agreed to sign a bill benefiting the Illinois racing industry in exchange for a bribe. Read »

Wednesday, Aug 13, 2014 at 7:29 PM
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By Phil Rogers

8 Months Later, Still No Word on Blagojevich Appeal

Save for some back and forth regarding filings, all that is known is that the three judges have taken the case under advisement. The only clues about what they may be thinking, came from the very pointed... Read »

Monday, Aug 11, 2014 at 11:36 AM
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By Erin Carlson

Quinn-Rauner Spending Skyrockets 355 Percent Over 2010 Election: Report

Quinn-Rauner Spending Skyrockets 355 Percent Over 2010 Election: Report

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn and opponent Bruce Rauner have collectively spent more cash this election cycle than any other governor race in recent state history. Read »

Friday, Jul 18, 2014 at 12:14 PM
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By Phil Rogers

Prosecutors Fire Back at Blago Appeals Court Letter

Federal prosecutors fired back at Rod Blagojevich’s attorneys Friday, saying a recent court decision on campaign finance does not mean they have to prove that Blagojevich explicitly asked for something in return... Read »

Wednesday, Jul 16, 2014 at 2:03 PM
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By Phil Rogers

Blago Lawyers File Letter with Appeals Court

They argue, the Blagojevich jury was told to convict on a lower standard that he attempted to obtain a campaign contribution, only “knowing or believing that it would be given to him in return for taking some... Read »

Thursday, Jul 10, 2014 at 1:51 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Midterm Elections: Illinois Democrats Worried About Quinn Liability

Midterm Elections: Illinois Democrats Worried About Quinn Liability

Forget President Obama. It's Pat Quinn that Illinois Democrats should worry about, say operatives within the party. With Gov. Quinn's approval ratings in the tank -- only House Speaker Mike Madigan is more... Read »

Wednesday, Jul 2, 2014 at 4:03 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Blago Could Get Out of Prison Early Pending Appeals Ruling

Blago Could Get Out of Prison Early Pending Appeals Ruling

Disgraced ex-Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich could be released early from his 14-year federal prison sentence for acts of felony corruption that included an attempt to sell Barack Obama's vacant U.S. Senate... Read »

Thursday, May 8, 2014 at 4:48 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Rauner's Blago Mascot: Not Lifelike Enough?

Rauner's Blago Mascot: Not Lifelike Enough?

Given all his Blago talk, it was only a matter of time before Bruce Rauner recruited a supporter to put down the Quinnochio get-up and don a mask of the helmet-haired ex-Illinois governor-turned-prison inmate. Read »

Wednesday, May 7, 2014 at 11:48 AM
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By Erin Carlson

Rauner Attacks Quinn, Name-Drops Blago in New 'Deja Vu' Ad

Rauner Attacks Quinn, Name-Drops Blago in New 'Deja Vu' Ad

Bruce Rauner is going negative in his campaign against Gov. Pat Quinn and a new attack ad gives ample air time to Rod Blagojevich, the Republican candidate's second favorite punching bag after Quinn. Read »

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