Rod Blagojevich

Rod Blagojevich
4:51 pm
Thu December 8, 2011

Illinois AG: Blagojevich has forfeited state pension benefits

Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

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. 

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Morning round-up
9:32 am
Thu December 8, 2011

Morning headlines: Thursday, December 8, 2011

An attorney for Rod Blagojevich says he will appeal the 14 year prison term handed to the former Gov. on Wednesday.
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Blagojevich plans to keep fighting

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.

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Developing: Blagojevich sentenced
12:36 pm
Wed December 7, 2011

Former Ill. Gov. Blagojevich sentenced to 14 years in prison for corruption

Former Ill. Gov. Rod Blagojevich greets students at Illinois State University in 2007. Judge James Zagel sentenced him to 14 years in federal prison today for corruption.
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This is a developing story - check back for updates.

Updated 12:49 p.m. with more on Judge Zagel's remarks, 1:19 p.m. with more detailed quotes, 2:01 p.m. with Blagojevich's reaction

Former Ill. Gov. Rod Blagojevich has been sentenced to 14 years in federal prison - becoming the fourth Illinois governor in 40 years to be sent to prison.

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Morning round-up
9:27 am
Wed December 7, 2011

Morning headlines: Wednesday, December 7, 2011

The Cardinals have submitted an offer to Albert Pujols that isworth, reportedly, $220 million for 10 years.
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Cardinals submit new offer to Pujols

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9:23 am
Tue December 6, 2011

Morning headlines: Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Rod Blagojevich signs autographs at Illinois State University in 2006. A judge today ruled that his second corruption trial will start next Wednesday as schedulded.
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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.

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9:29 am
Thu December 1, 2011

Morning headlines: Thursday, December 1, 2011

Members Occupy St. Louis say the movement is still going strong.
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Occupy STL members say movement still strong

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.

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Rod Blagojevich
10:38 am
Wed November 30, 2011

Government: Blagojevich should get 15 to 20 years in prison

Former Ill. Gov. Rod Blagojevich.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

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.

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Rod Blagojevich
3:44 pm
Mon November 7, 2011

Blagojevich sentencing set for Dec. 6

Former Ill. Gov. Rod Blagojevich. Sentencing for Blagojevich regarding the corruption charges against him has been set for Dec. 6.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

A federal judge has set former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's sentencing on corruption charges for Dec. 6.

The new date appeared on a U.S. District Court's website Monday.

A federal judge in September indefinitely delayed an Oct. 6 sentencing date for Blagojevich apparently because it would have conflicted with the start of a related trial that month.

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Rod Blagojevich
4:45 pm
Wed October 26, 2011

State high court suspends Blagojevich law license

Former Ill. Gov. Rod Blagojevich.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

The Illinois Supreme Court has suspended convicted former Gov. Rod Blagojevich's license to practice law.

The court acted Wednesday in response to a request from the state Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission.

The Chicago Democrat has been a lawyer since 1984. But he hasn't practiced law since joining Congress in 1997.

Blagojevich was governor from 2003 to 2009, when he was impeached and removed from office.

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Rod Blagojevich
2:38 pm
Tue August 23, 2011

Prosecutors: Blagojevich retrial was fair, convictions just

Former Ill. Gov. Rod Blagojevich.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Reporting from WBEZ's Tony Arnold used in this report.

Federal prosecutors are making their case for why Rod Blagojevich should not be allowed a third trial.

In a lengthy filing, prosecutors say Blagojevich's convictions were just.

And, just as importantly, the trial was done in a fair way.

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