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Friday, Apr 18, 2014 at 11:20 AM
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By Associated Press

Blagojevich Campaign Account Donates Final Dollars

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. Read »

Tuesday, Mar 11, 2014 at 4:26 PM
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By Phil Rogers
      

Blagojevich Wins Round in Appellate Court

Former governor Rod Blagojevich won a round in the appellate court today. The three judges hearing Blagojevich’s appeal will now consider dozens of undercover recordings, which were never admitted as evidence at... Read »

Tuesday, Mar 4, 2014 at 8:49 PM
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By Ward Room Staff
      

Bill Brady Compares Bruce Rauner to Blago

Bill Brady twice compared Republican opponent for governor Bruce Rauner to jailed former Gov. Rod Blagojevich during Tuesday night's GOP candidate forum. Read »

Monday, Feb 10, 2014 at 7:44 PM
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By Ward Room Staff
      

Blagojevich Fundraiser Gets 2 Years in Prison

Raghuveer Nayak pleaded guilty last September to federal health-care fraud charges. He apologized and asked the judge to have mercy on him and his family. The 58-year-old Chicago-area businessman faced up to 23... Read »

Monday, Feb 3, 2014 at 11:58 AM
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By Phil Rogers

Blago Lawyers to Appeals Court: Play All the Tapes

Blago Lawyers to Appeals Court: Play All the Tapes

Lawyers for Rod Blagojevich have asked the U.S. Court of Appeals in Chicago to unseal the transcripts of unplayed tapes from the former governor’s two criminal trials. Read »

Wednesday, Jan 15, 2014 at 2:47 PM
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By angela Delli Santi

Blagojevich Prosecutor to Lead NJ Scandal Inquiry

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... Read »

Friday, Dec 13, 2013 at 7:48 PM
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By Phil Rogers
      

Attorneys Argue Blagojevich Appeal in Court

To quote her husband's favorite singer, Patti Blagojevich suggests it’s going to be a blue Christmas. Read »

Friday, Dec 13, 2013 at 10:21 AM
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By Associated Press
      

Patti Blagojevich Attends Husband's Appeal Hearing

The wife of imprisoned former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is attending a Chicago hearing to hear oral arguments in her husband's appeal. Read »

Friday, Dec 13, 2013 at 11:50 AM
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By Michael Tarm/ Phil Rogers

Judges Hear Arguments in Blagojevich Appeal

Judges Hear Arguments in Blagojevich Appeal

Imprisoned former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich will on Friday get what will likely be his last chance to win his freedom as a three-judge federal panel hears oral arguments in his appeal. Read »

Tuesday, Dec 3, 2013 at 8:55 AM
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By Phil Rogers

Lawyers Outline Case for Blagojevich Appeal

Lawyers Outline Case for Blagojevich Appeal

Declaring that the evidence presented at his trial was insufficient to support a conviction, lawyers representing convicted former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich laid out their case one final time Monday... Read »

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Rascally alchemist transmutes disgrace into fame. Celeb Apprentice buffoon, jail time looms.

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