Rod Blagojevich

More political scandals for Illinois

More political scandals for Illinois

When Illinois’ new General Assembly takes the oath of office Wednesday, the state that’s still struggling to rebuild its image after two consecutive governors went to prison will set yet another precedent of sorts: Three sitting lawmakers facing criminal charges. Illinois is no stranger to dramatic headlines about the nexus of politics and crime in […]

Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. transferred to Mayo Clinic

Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. transferred to Mayo Clinic

The announcement that Jesse Jackson Jr. had been transferred to the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota pinned down his whereabouts for the first time in weeks and gave clear confirmation that the Illinois congressman is suffering from depression. It also was the first mention that he’s now being treated for a “gastrointestinal issue,” which some experts […]

Jesse Jackson Jr. suffering from ‘mood disorder’

Jesse Jackson Jr. suffering from ‘mood disorder’

Representative Jesse Jackson Jr. is receiving intensive treatment for a “mood disorder” and is expected to make a full recovery, his doctor said on Wednesday, responding to mounting political pressure for more information on his condition. Jackson, 47, has been on a month-long leave of absence from his job. Until Wednesday, the nature of the […]

No retrial for Blago’s brother

No retrial for Blago’s brother

Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich‘s older brother dreaded his lawyer’s phone call. Robert Blagojevich expected to learn when he’d again stand trial alongside his sibling, after a jury deadlocked last week on all four corruption charges against him and 23 of 24 charges against the former governor. Instead, attorney Michael Ettinger called near the start […]

Lone holdout saved Blago

Lone holdout saved Blago

They were close. After three weeks of respectful but increasingly tense deliberations, 11 jurors were ready to convict Rod Blagojevich of what prosecutors called a “political corruption crime spree” that would have sent yet another former Illinois governor to prison. Not close enough. On vote after vote, the jury kept coming up one juror short […]

Tapes show Blago’s many moods

Tapes show Blago’s many moods

Wiretap recordings played at Rod Blagojevich’s corruption trial depict the former governor as furious one minute, then optimistic and other times unsure about his chances for success in his alleged plan to trade his power to name someone to Barack Obama‘s vacated U.S. Senate seat for a well-paying job. He curses at one point in […]