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Thursday, Dec 8, 2011 at 7:36 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern
      

Public Official's Wife Warns Patti: The Worst is Ahead

Rosemaria Genova knows what Patti Blagojevich will soon face. Her former husband, once the mayor of Calumet City, was convicted in a public corruption scandal. Read »

Tuesday, Dec 6, 2011 at 5:46 PM
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By BJ Lutz

Blago Wife, Daughters Plead for Mercy

Blago Wife, Daughters Plead for Mercy

Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich's defense team started their day with attempts at logic and ended with testimony aimed to pull at a federal judge's heartstrings. Read »

Tuesday, Oct 4, 2011 at 8:52 AM
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By Ward Room Staff
      

Blago's House For Sale by Patti

With sentencing date postponed, Former Governor Blagojevich sells off $1.07 million Ravenswood Manor home. Read »

Monday, Jun 27, 2011 at 5:08 PM
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By Rosie Powers

Scenes From the Blagojevich Verdict

The former Illinois governor was found guilty on 17 counts. The jury delivered... See Full Gallery »

Wednesday, May 4, 2011 at 2:39 PM
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By Phil Rogers

Voice From Above Stops Blago Trial

Voice From Above Stops Blago Trial
Scott Olson, Getty Images

... and Patti walks out before tape of Blago ridiculing her is played. Read »

Wednesday, Aug 25, 2010 at 5:00 PM
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By Steve Bryant

Blagojevich Wishes Items Weren't Auctioned

Ex-gov didn't know what was in the storage facility, but he still wants it back. Read »

Wednesday, Jul 28, 2010 at 4:17 PM
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By Andrew Greiner
      

Blago: "It's in God's Hands"

The former Governor thanks the jury and turns to his faith. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 27, 2010 at 4:30 PM
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By Steve Bryant

Patti Blagojevich in Tears as Closing Arguments End

Patti Blagojevich in Tears as Closing Arguments End

All over but the crying. Read »

Thursday, Jul 22, 2010 at 1:15 PM
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By Edward McClelland

James and the Giant Preach

What do Zagel's comments about Rod and Patti reveal? Read »

Tuesday, Jul 6, 2010 at 12:12 PM
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By Phil Rogers

No Way Patti Should Have Profited on Rezko Sale, Says Realtor

No Way Patti Should Have Profited on Rezko Sale, Says Realtor

Realtor Mary Ann Piazzi says Patti Blagojevich did no apparent work on the sale. Read »

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Rahm Emanuel

Rahm Emanuel

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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Ed Burke

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

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Mark W. Anderson Ward Room Blogger Mark W. Anderson is a writer and journalist specializing in public policy, politics and economics. He graduated from Columbia College Chicago in 2006, and has operated a full service communications and strategy firm while working in and out of politics for more than a decade. A lifelong Chicagoan and White Sox fan, he lives in a Rogers Park apartment stacked with books and records.
Phil Rogers Emmy Award-winning reporter with trenchant insight into Chicago's political machinations.
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