Reporting from Illinois Public Radio's Sean Crawford used in this report.
Rod Blagojevich has forfeited all his state pension benefits. That's the opinion of Illinois' Attorney General.
The legal opinion likely means Blagojevich won't begin getting checks when he turns 55 this weekend. The board overseeing the General Assembly Retirement System moved earlier this year to block the payments.
Rod Blagojevich has just over two months of freedom before he's scheduled to begin a 14-year prison term. But the ex-governor and his lawyers plan to keep fighting.
After Judge James Zagel handed down the sentence, and the public was ushered out of the courtroom, more than an hour passed before the ex-governor, his wife and his lawyers appeared in the lobby of the court building.
Two day sentencing hearing for Blagojevich begins today
Former Ill. Gov. Rod Blagojevich's sentencing hearing is scheduled to start at 10 a.m. Much of today's hearing will be a repeat of what attorneys have already argued in written motions filed with the court.
The one unknown variable is the governor himself. He'll get a chance to address the court.
Former federal prosecutor Dave Weisman says Blagojevich should read a prepared statement and keep it short.
The tents are gone from Kiener Plaza, along with the big crowds. But people involved in the Occupy St. Louis movement say they're still going strong.
Today marks the two-month anniversary of the movement that began in New York and spread to several other cities. At one point in St. Louis, more than 100 people were camped in Kiener Plaza, a downtown park.
Federal prosecutors say ousted Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich should be sentenced to 15 to 20 years in prison.
The 54-year-old Blagojevich was convicted of 18 corruption-related counts, including allegations that he tried to sell or trade the U.S. Senate seat vacated by President Barack Obama. A federal judge will sentence him next week.
In advance of sentencing, both prosecutors and Blagojevich's attorneys are expected to make recommendations on what his sentence should be.