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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 »

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 5:12 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Quinn's Blago Problem: He Can't Escape the Taint of Corruption

Quinn's Blago Problem: He Can't Escape the Taint of Corruption

It certainly doesn't help Gov. Quinn's campaign that Democratic precedessor, Rod Blagojevich, sits in federal prison outside Denver, serving a 14-year-sentence for corruption. 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 »

Wednesday, Apr 30, 2014 at 1:46 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Here Is What Patti Blagojevich Is Doing While Rod Is In Prison

Here Is What Patti Blagojevich Is Doing While Rod Is In Prison

The wife of disgraced ex-Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich has emerged from the shadows of political pariah-ville with new job in the family business. 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.

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Accidental gov no longer.

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

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