Rod Blagojevich http://wuis.org en Prosecutors Say Blagojevich Attorneys Misread Ruling http://wuis.org/post/prosecutors-say-blagojevich-attorneys-misread-ruling <p></p><p>Prosecutors responding to a new argument in Rod Blagojevich's appeal say the former governor's lawyers have misrepresented a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in another case. &nbsp;</p><p>Blagojevich's lawyers say an April ruling by the high court found that soliciting contributions is corruption only when a politician makes explicit promises to take official action for a donation. &nbsp;</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 20:25:49 +0000 Associated Press 29556 at http://wuis.org Prosecutors Say Blagojevich Attorneys Misread Ruling Former HFS Director To Pay $100k Ethics Fine http://wuis.org/post/former-hfs-director-pay-100k-ethics-fine <p>A former state official has agreed to pay a record $100,000 fine to settle charges he violated a state ethics law. Barry Maram is accused of going to work for a state contractor a week after he left his job as director of Healthcare and Family Services.</p><p>Maram<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> was </span>HFS<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> director from the earliest days of the Blagojevich administration through April 2010.</span></p> Fri, 25 Apr 2014 22:42:33 +0000 Brian Mackey 23844 at http://wuis.org Former HFS Director To Pay $100k Ethics Fine The Stain Of Corruption: Candidate Endorsements http://wuis.org/post/stain-corruption-candidate-endorsements <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Gov. Pat Quinn's campaign is blasting his Republican opponent, Bruce Rauner for getting endorsed by Springfield insider William Cellini. But Quinn has his own checkered endorsement history.</p><p></p><p>Cellini, a lifelong Republican, went to prison for his role in a campaign contribution shakedown scheme tied to the administration of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich.</p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 22:48:22 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 22683 at http://wuis.org The Stain Of Corruption: Candidate Endorsements Cellini Back On The Political Scene, Backs Rauner http://wuis.org/post/cellini-back-political-scene-backs-rauner <p>Springfield powerbroker William Cellini is back on the political scene, following his release from prison late last year. He was found guilty of participating in an extortion scheme when Rod Blagojevich was governor.</p><p>Cellini attended a Sangamon County Republican Foundation event Tuesday night, which featured Bruce Rauner, the party's nominee for governor.</p><p>Cellini says he backed State Senator Kirk Dillard in the Republican primary race. But now he's behind Rauner.</p><p>"Well I've been a Republican all my life and he's the Republican candidate," Cellini said.</p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 05:14:13 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 22601 at http://wuis.org Cellini Back On The Political Scene, Backs Rauner Court: Unplayed Blagojevich Tapes To Stay Sealed http://wuis.org/post/court-unplayed-blagojevich-tapes-stay-sealed <p></p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 20:40:58 +0000 Associated Press 20649 at http://wuis.org Court: Unplayed Blagojevich Tapes To Stay Sealed Audio Of Blagojevich Appeals Hearing Now Available http://wuis.org/post/audio-blagojevich-appeals-hearing-now-available <p>The sometimes contentious and surprising audio from the appeal hearing of former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich is now online.</p><p>Attorneys spent an hour arguing Blagojevich’s appeal on December 13th.&nbsp; Leonard Goodman told judges that Blagojevich never intended to commit fraud, he thought he was engaging in political horse trading.</p><p>That led Judge Frank Easterbrook to repeatedly ask Blagojevich’s attorney about a case called &nbsp;Cheek.</p> Mon, 30 Dec 2013 11:45:00 +0000 Rob Wildeboer 15804 at http://wuis.org Audio Of Blagojevich Appeals Hearing Now Available Patti Blagojevich Attends Husband's Appeal Hearing http://wuis.org/post/patti-blagojevich-attends-husbands-appeal-hearing <p>The wife of imprisoned former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich has said she hopes her husband will win his freedom and that he could return home to rejoin her and their two school-aged daughters. &nbsp;<br />Patti Blagojevich spoke Friday to reporters after attending a Chicago hearing to hear oral arguments in her husband's appeal of his corruption conviction.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 13 Dec 2013 22:25:57 +0000 Associated Press 14993 at http://wuis.org Patti Blagojevich Attends Husband's Appeal Hearing As He Readies Appeal, Blagojevich Lawyer Says Fmr. Gov. Faces Unusual Problem http://wuis.org/post/he-readies-appeal-blagojevich-lawyer-says-fmr-gov-faces-unusual-problem <p>Attorneys for former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich are scheduled to argue their appeal Friday morning.</p><p>Blagojevich’s attorney Leonard Goodman says Blagojevich engaged in political horse-trading, not bribery or extortion.</p><p>"All of his plans which he discussed openly with his advisors were for basically political appointments," Goodman stated.</p><p>It’s an argument Blagojevich has made since he was arrested in 2008 and it’s an argument that has repeatedly failed.</p> Thu, 12 Dec 2013 23:44:23 +0000 Robert Wildeboer 14905 at http://wuis.org As He Readies Appeal, Blagojevich Lawyer Says Fmr. Gov. Faces Unusual Problem Political Fix Theater: Apology Not Accepted http://wuis.org/post/political-fix-theater-apology-not-accepted <p>The curtains are closing on the Chicago play "I Wish to Apologize to the People of Illinois" -- a timely production, given that today, Dec. 9, marks five years since Rod Blagojevich's arrest. Two trials later, he was convicted on 18 counts of corruption. At Blagojevich's sentencing hearing, the former governor said he was sorry for his mistakes. But Blagojevich was not the one making apologies in this show. He's not even a character -- just someone who gets mentioned now and again. Mon, 09 Dec 2013 20:56:00 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 14587 at http://wuis.org Political Fix Theater: Apology Not Accepted December Ninth: A Big Day On Illinois' Ethics Timeline http://wuis.org/post/december-ninth-big-day-illinois-ethics-timeline <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>December Ninth is a significant day in Illinois' political history: for better, and for worse.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On Dec. 9, 2003 "the State Officials and Employees Ethics Act was signed into law," Illinois Campaign for Political Reform's David Morrison says.</span></p> Mon, 09 Dec 2013 19:33:00 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 14586 at http://wuis.org December Ninth: A Big Day On Illinois' Ethics Timeline Blagojevich's Arrest Anniversary: Reason To Celebrate? http://wuis.org/post/blagojevichs-arrest-anniversary-reason-celebrate <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>It's been five years to the day since FBI agents arrived at then Governor Rod Blagojevich's house to arrest him on charges of corruption. Blagojevich is serving a 14-year prison sentence, and for most Illinois politicians it's good riddance. Amanda Vinicky reports.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>Fresh off the General Assembly's passing a law to overhaul the state's pensions, I had the chance to catch up with House Speaker Michael Madigan:</p><p>VINICKY: "It's the five year anniversary of Blagojevich's arrest coming up ... any reaction, any ...</p> Mon, 09 Dec 2013 13:15:41 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 14574 at http://wuis.org Blagojevich's Arrest Anniversary: Reason To Celebrate? Blagojevich To Have Another Day In Court http://wuis.org/post/blagojevich-have-another-day-court <p>Rod Blagojevich's lawyers laid out a final set of arguments in writing before they step before appellate judges next week to argue that the imprisoned ex-governor deserves a new trial.<br />&nbsp;<br />The 33-page filing with the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals repeats arguments made before, including that trial Judge James Zagel displayed bias against<br />Blagojevich. The brief was posted late Monday.<br />&nbsp;<br />The defense and prosecution will get 30 minutes each to deliver oral arguments before a three-judge panel Dec. 13.<br />&nbsp; Tue, 03 Dec 2013 23:56:36 +0000 Associated Press 14272 at http://wuis.org Blagojevich To Have Another Day In Court Prosecutors respond to Blagojevich Appeal http://wuis.org/post/prosecutors-respond-blagojevich-appeal <p>Prosecutors have filed a response to Rod Blagojevich's corruption conviction appeal. &nbsp;</p><p>The 169-page government filing submitted late Tuesday urges the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to reject the imprisoned former governor's request for a new trial. &nbsp;</p><p>Defense lawyers filed the appeal on the Illinois Democrat's behalf in July. It asks the Chicago-based appellate court to toss his convictions or at least reduce his 14-year prison sentence. &nbsp;</p> Wed, 13 Nov 2013 12:37:30 +0000 Associated Press 12925 at http://wuis.org Prosecutors respond to Blagojevich Appeal Springfield's William Cellini Out of Prison http://wuis.org/post/springfields-william-cellini-out-prison <p></p><p>Politically connected Illinois businessman William Cellini&nbsp; has been released from federal prison. &nbsp;<br />A spokesman for the U.S. Bureau of Prisons says the Republican insider snagged in the corruption scandal involving former Gov. Rod Blagojevich was released from the federal lockup in Terre Haute, Ind., on Oct. 31.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 19:32:21 +0000 Associated Press 12476 at http://wuis.org Springfield's William Cellini Out of Prison Fmr. Congressman Reports To Prison http://wuis.org/post/fmr-congressman-reports-prison <p>Former Illinois U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. has reported to a North Carolina federal prison to serve a 2 1/2-year prison term for misusing campaign funds. &nbsp;<br />Bureau of Prisons spokesman Chris Burke declined to offer details, including when Jackson reported to prison. &nbsp;<br />Court documents were never clear about when Jackson must report. In her sentencing order written earlier this year, A federal judge in Washington said only that he would have to surrender no earlier than Nov.1. &nbsp; Tue, 29 Oct 2013 19:59:21 +0000 Associated Press 11934 at http://wuis.org Fmr. Congressman Reports To Prison Father-In-Law Reflects On Blagojevich http://wuis.org/post/father-law-reflects-blagojevich <p>Retiring Chicago Alderman Dick Mell says his falling out with son-in-law Rod Blagojevich and the former Illinois governor's imprisonment for corruption continue to weigh heavily on him. &nbsp;<br>Mell spoke with reporters Friday about his nearly 40 years as a City Council member. &nbsp;<br>The 75-year-old says the events surrounding his son-in-law and his wife's death were two painful episodes in his life. He says they ``put a damper'' on what he otherwise regards as a lucky and fulfilling life. &nbsp;<br>Mell says it was difficult to say what he really feels about Blagojevich, but he hopes Blagojevich gets an appeal and that his 14-year sentence could be reduced. &nbsp;<br>Mell aided Blagojevich's rise to governor, but says he now wished he had ``done things differently.'' Fri, 05 Jul 2013 22:12:32 +0000 Sean Crawford 5294 at http://wuis.org Father-In-Law Reflects On Blagojevich