Rod Blagojevich http://news.stlpublicradio.org en US Attorney Fitzgerald, prosecutor of Blagojevich, Ryan to step down http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/us-attorney-fitzgerald-prosecutor-blagojevich-ryan-step-down <p><em>Some reporting also via Amanda Vinicky, Illinois Public Radio</em></p><p><strong>Updated 1:31 p.m.</strong> <em>with statement from current Ill. Gov. Pat Quinn.</em></p><p>The man whose prosecutions helped put two Illinois Governors (George Ryan and then Rod Blagojevich) in prison has announced he&#39;s stepping down.</p><p>U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois Patrick Fitzgerald&#39;s office made the announcement today, effective June 30. &nbsp;He&#39;s been in the position since 2001.</p> Wed, 23 May 2012 16:47:49 +0000 Kelsey Proud & Illinois Public Radio 3767 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org US Attorney Fitzgerald, prosecutor of Blagojevich, Ryan to step down Morning headlines: Tuesday, May 1, 2012 http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/morning-headlines-tuesday-may-1-2012 <p><strong>Victim of tent collapse died of blunt force trauma</strong></p><p>The St. Louis medical examiner says a man who was killed when a <a href="http://www.news.stlpublicradio.org/post/tent-collapse-kills-one-downtown-st-louis">tent collapsed</a> near Busch Stadium on Saturday died of blunt force trauma.</p><p>58-year-old Alfred Goodman of Waterloo, Ill., was the only fatality when a party tent at Kilroy&rsquo;s Sports Bar blew apart in a violent thunderstorm. 100 people were treated at the scene, and another 16 taken to local hospitals.</p> Tue, 01 May 2012 12:29:45 +0000 Rachel Lippmann & The Associated Press 3605 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Morning headlines: Tuesday, May 1, 2012 Morning headlines: Tuesday, April 3, 2012 http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/morning-headlines-tuesday-april-3-2012 <p><strong>Nixon heading to Brazil </strong></p><p>Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon will be heading to Brazil on a trade mission later this month.</p><p>Nixon planned to announce more details of the trip during news conferences today in Springfield and Independence.</p> Tue, 03 Apr 2012 14:27:08 +0000 Julie Bierach & The Associated Press 3414 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Morning headlines: Tuesday, April 3, 2012 Blagojevich's famed hair to turn gray in prison within months http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/blagojevichs-famed-hair-turn-gray-prison-within-months <p>The answer to the question we know you were all asking is here.</p><p>So, what will become of Rod Blagojevich&#39;s hair in prison?</p><p>Blagojevich&#39;s barber says the former Illinois&nbsp;governor&#39;s famously thick, dark hair is dyed and will turn gray&nbsp;within the first months of his prison term.</p> Wed, 21 Mar 2012 17:46:37 +0000 The Associated Press & St. Louis Public Radio 3321 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Blagojevich's famed hair to turn gray in prison within months Morning headlines: Thursday, March 15, 2012 http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/morning-headlines-thursday-march-15-2012 <p><strong>Blagojevich headed to prison today</strong></p><p>Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich left his Chicago home this morning and is heading to Colorado to begin a 14-year federal prison term for corruption.</p><p>He is expected to report to the prison by 2 o&rsquo;clock this afternoon.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Blagojevich is the state&#39;s second governor in a row to be sent to prison for corruption.</p> Thu, 15 Mar 2012 14:28:46 +0000 Julie Bierach, The Associated Press & Illinois Public Radio 3271 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Morning headlines: Thursday, March 15, 2012 On last day free, Blagojevich to offer last word http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/last-day-free-blagojevich-offer-last-word <p>On his last full day of freedom, Rod Blagojevich&nbsp;will do what he loved doing as governor and while defending himself&nbsp;unsuccessfully against corruption charges. He&#39;ll step up to a&nbsp;microphone and talk.</p><p>Blagojevich is scheduled to deliver a last statement outside his&nbsp;home in Chicago on Wednesday. The 55-year-old Democrat is due to&nbsp;report to a prison in Colorado on Thursday to begin serving a&nbsp;14-year sentence.</p> Wed, 14 Mar 2012 17:59:44 +0000 The Associated Press 3265 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org On last day free, Blagojevich to offer last word Morning headlines: Wednesday, December 21, 2011 http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/morning-headlines-wednesday-december-21-2011 <p><strong>St. Louis County goes on holiday recess with approved budget</strong></p><p><a href="http://www.stlouisco.com/YourGovernment/CountyCouncil">The St. Louis County Council </a>has approved a 2012 budget after a contentious season of fiscal wrangling with County Executive Charlie Dooley. Early this fall Dooley&#39;s county budget estimates convinced him to propose drastic cuts. Dooley drew sharp criticism for his proposal to shut down 23 county parks and lay off almost 200 county employees.&nbsp; &nbsp;</p> Wed, 21 Dec 2011 15:35:39 +0000 Julie Bierach, Joseph Leahy & The Associated Press 2718 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Morning headlines: Wednesday, December 21, 2011 Judge slams Blago lawyer for 'harebrained' motion http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/judge-slams-blago-lawyer-harebrained-motion <p><em>Updated 1:48 p.m., then 2:16 p.m.</em></p><p>A federal judge has denied what he called a &quot;harebrained&quot; motion by Rod Blagojevich&#39;s lawyers over what they claimed was potential misconduct by the forewoman at his corruption retrial.</p><p>Judge James Zagel threatened Monday to sanction the attorney who drafted the motion for the impeached Illinois governor, who was convicted of charges including that he tried to sell President Barack Obama&#39;s old Senate seat.</p> Mon, 19 Dec 2011 16:39:44 +0000 The Associated Press 2705 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Judge slams Blago lawyer for 'harebrained' motion Morning headlines: Thursday, December 15, 2011 http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/morning-headlines-thursday-december-15-2011 <p><strong>Blagojevich &quot;ripe candidate&quot; for prison drug rehab according to&nbsp;report</strong></p><p>A probation report says ousted Ill. Gov. Rod Blagojevich may be a &quot;ripe candidate&quot; for a drug&nbsp;treatment&nbsp;program in prison. That&#39;s according to defense attorney Sheldon Sorosky, who says he doesn&#39;t know what Blagojevich said to a probation officer to lead to that conclusion.</p><p>Judge James Zagel has agreed to recommend Blagojevich for a drug treatment program when he starts his&nbsp;&nbsp; 14-year prison sentence for corruption in March.</p> Thu, 15 Dec 2011 15:23:29 +0000 Julie Bierach & The Associated Press 2685 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Morning headlines: Thursday, December 15, 2011 Lawyer asks judge to endorse Blagojevich for rehab http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/lawyer-asks-judge-endorse-blagojevich-rehab <p>Rod Blagojevich&#39;s attorneys have asked to have him placed in a drug rehab program when he starts <a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/former-ill-gov-blagojevich-sentenced-14-years-prison-corruption">his 14-year prison sentence</a>. They aren&#39;t saying if the former Illinois governor has a problem or if it&#39;s a legal move.</p><p>A judge agreed Tuesday to recommend Blagojevich for the program. Federal prison officials have the final say.</p> Wed, 14 Dec 2011 21:43:10 +0000 The Associated Press 2679 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Lawyer asks judge to endorse Blagojevich for rehab