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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 »

Wednesday, Sep 11, 2013 at 12:37 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

City Council Honors Former Alderman Mell

City Council Honors Former Alderman Mell

Former Ald. Richard Mell shed tears Wednesday as he reflected on what he called a "phenomenal life" while expressing regret for the time his nearly 40 years in public service kept him away from loved ones. Read »

Friday, Mar 15, 2013 at 11:45 PM
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By Phil Rogers, The Associated Press
      

Blago Teaching History, Actively Involved in Appeal

On one-year anniversary of Rod Blagojevich's incarceration, both his wife and an attorney give details on the former governor's life behind bars. Read »

Monday, Aug 27, 2012 at 8:09 AM
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By Ward Room Staff

Blago Asks Patti Out in Anniversary Email

Blago Asks Patti Out in Anniversary Email

Rod Blagojevich seems to know how to keep his marriage healthy even behind bars. The convicted ex-governor sent his wife an anniversary email from prison over the weekend, and the former first lady wrote on... Read »

Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at 9:50 AM
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By Lisa Balde

Blago Gets Prison Visit From Patti, Daughters

Blago Gets Prison Visit From Patti, Daughters

Rod Blagojevich is more than 1,000 miles away from Chicago, but that didn't stop his family from visiting him in prison. Patti Blagojevich wrote on Facebook Monday that she and her two daughters spent last... Read »

Monday, Apr 2, 2012 at 5:37 PM

Patti Complains About Rod's Sentence

Patti Complains About Rod's Sentence

In a recent Facebook posting, Patti Blagojevich says she "can't help but wonder what planet we are on" where one person gets ten days and another 5,110 days. Read »

Tuesday, Mar 27, 2012 at 1:38 PM
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By BJ Lutz

Blago Home Off the Market

Blago Home Off the Market

The 13-room estate in Chicago's Ravenswood Manor neighborhood hit the market last October. Read »

Wednesday, Feb 29, 2012 at 7:53 AM
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By Lisa Balde
      

Patti Blagojevich Opens Up to Rosie O'Donnell

Patti Blagojevich's first extensive interview since her husband, former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, was sentenced to prison airs Tuesday night on "The Rosie Show." Read »

Friday, Feb 17, 2012 at 2:44 PM
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By Marcus Riley

Rosie Scores Patti Blagojevich Interview

Rosie Scores Patti Blagojevich Interview

Interview scheduled to run February 29 on OWN. 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

Michael Madigan

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

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