An investigation found two people hired by the Illinois Capital Development Board previously were fired from state jobs. Another was the son of one of the agency’s top officials and didn’t meet the minimum qualifications.
Blagojevich fights for right to run for state, local office — but insists, ‘I don’t have any particular plan to do it’
With a camera crew following him around, the former governor told the reporters he’d invited to the Dirksen Federal Courthouse, “I don’t like this place.”
Blagojevich credits Pritzker’s rebuke to ‘Toilet Gate’ and says ‘I wish he would show a little more backbone’
Rod Blagojevich, freshly freed from federal prison this week, had some biting words for his one-time friend and campaign contributor in an interview with NBC5 Chicago’s political reporter Mary Ann Ahern.
Blagojevich could go back out there on the campaign trail tomorrow if need be, and not miss a beat. He launched into his old stump speech Wednesday as naturally as if he were campaigning for a third term, which luckily he is prohibited from doing.
Vargas stood behind the former governor and his wife, Patti, at the ex-governor’s speech outside his Ravenswood Manor home.
Blagojevich, calling himself ‘freed political prisoner,’ praises Trump, vows to reform ‘broken’ criminal justice system
“I saw what they do to families because I saw it happen to my own,” Rod Blagojevich said.
Just hours after the president commuted his sentence, the ex-governor seemed more like a campaigning pol working a rope line than a disgraced ex-convict.
Blagojevich returns to his home in Chicago early Wednesday after Trump’s move brought to an end one of the most bizarre legal dramas in Illinois history.
FOP leaders Kevin Graham and Martin Prieb wrote President Trump a few weeks ago urging him to free former Gov. Rod Blagojevich.
In his final weeks in office, President Bill Clinton gave executive clemency to two former Democratic congressmen, Dan Rostenkowski and Mel Reynolds.
Recognizing a good marketing gimmick and Blagojevich’s helmet of hair, Dennis Fath created Blago shampoo and conditioner. Their slogan is “It’s Bleep’n Golden,” from the infamous wiretap in which the then-governor said Barack Obama’s vacant U.S. Senate seat was “[Bleepin’] golden.”
Trump does nothing for anybody that is not, at bottom, for himself. In this case, Blagojevich became the beneficiary.
The disgraced former governor is still hoping for clemency from President Donald Trump.
Think Illinois saw a historic series of convictions in the 2010s? Get ready, the next round of federal housecleaning appears to be coming.
Trump asked for a show of hands at a fundraiser in Chicago of those who supported clemency for the 62-year-old Democrat.
The state Senate and House may tighten restrictions on legislators working as lobbyists. Isn’t that nice?
Schock got a fancy office; Illinois got Sen. Roland Burris. Those are not equal harms.
“I cannot even wrap my head around this — six months of probation vs. 14 years for Rod,” Patti Blagojevich wrote. “Where is the outrage??”
The president is just trying to change the subject.
‘I floated it and I wanted to see where the Democrats stood where the Republicans stood,’ Trump said.
“I requested that we have an opportunity to weigh in before a final decision is made,” Rep. Darin LaHood, R-Ill., told the Chicago Sun-Times on Wednesday.
Trump went back on his promise to commute Blagojevich’s sentence, but the press keeps misreporting the facts about what the ex-governor did.
Ex-governor’s clemency dreams remain on hold even though Patti Blagojevich leaves up ‘Welcome Home’ balloons
It’s unclear who put the balloons on the Blagojevich family porch. Nor does it seem any clearer when, or if, President Trump might set former Gov. Rod Blagojevich free.
Man who fired gun at Englewood park had AR-15, massive ammo supply and notes about mass shootings: police