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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 »

Friday, May 2, 2014 at 4:27 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Quinn vs. Rauner: Grading Tactics of Governor's Race

Quinn vs. Rauner: Grading Tactics of Governor's Race

While Bruce Rauner ups the ante on attacks against Pat Quinn, the Illinois governor is on the defense as he fends off his Republican rival's relentess allegations of corruption, cronyism and carrying on the... Read »

Thursday, May 1, 2014 at 3:58 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Bruce Rauner Slams Quinn as "Fundamentally Corrupt"

Bruce Rauner Slams Quinn as

Bruce Rauner continues to deploy the two most powerful C-words in Illinois politics -- corruption and cronyism -- in his relentless, righteous crusade against Gov. Pat Quinn. The multi-millionaire Republican... 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 »

Tuesday, Dec 6, 2011 at 11:43 AM
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By Phil Rogers
      

Blagojevich Sentencing Begins

It's fourth and long for Rod Blagojevich. Bottom of the 9th, nobody on. The politician who once enjoyed landslide victories, now preparing to stand alone in the well of a federal courtroom, where a federal judge... 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 7, 2011 at 5:43 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Blagojevich Testimony: Day 7 Play-by-Play

Blagojevich Testimony: Day 7 Play-by-Play
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Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich takes the stand for another day of cross-examination. Read »

Wednesday, Jun 1, 2011 at 11:55 AM
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By Lisa Balde

What Blago, Obama and Hillary Clinton Have in Common

What Blago, Obama and Hillary Clinton Have in Common

During an "offer of proof" without the jury present, Rod Blagojevich said he believed his actions were legal. He said he was familiar with numerous, well-known "horse trades" from America's past, including... Read »

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Rahm Emanuel

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

Jesse Jackson Jr.

Jesse Jackson Jr.

After spending much of the past year and a half out of the public eye Triple J is making a comeback!

Rod Blagojevich

Rod Blagojevich

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

Pat Quinn

Pat Quinn

Accidental gov no longer.

Michael Madigan

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

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