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Tribune staff reportersFederal agents are investigating real estate deals involving Gov. Rod Blagojevich's wife as part of a three-year corruption probe into allegations of favoritism and fraud within his administration. Several federal sources familiar with the inquiry...
Tags: Politics, Condos, Employers, Realty, Employment
Christopher Kelly, one of Gov. Rod Blagojevich's closest advisers and the chief fundraiser on his two campaigns, was indicted Thursday on tax fraud charges alleging he improperly used corporate funds to cover gambling debts he had run up in Las Vegas...
Tags: Richard M. Daley, Fraud, Health, Illinois, Politics
Tribune staff reportersThe way Ali Ata described it, the waiting room in the North Side office of Antoin "Tony" Rezko seemed as busy as an airport terminal. And it was there that Ata, installed by Rezko at the helm of a state loan agency, allegedly learned the risks of crossing...
Tribune staff reportersGov. Rod Blagojevich's aggressive fundraising machine collected hundreds of $25,000 checks in a campaign effort that dwarfed his predecessors', and most of these big givers ended up benefiting from his administration. A Tribune examination of all 235...
Tags: Health, Fraud, Illinois, Environmental Issues, Politics
Tribune staff reportersThe strongest campaign fundraising restrictions state lawmakers have ever approved are sitting on the desk of a governor who was elected as a reformer but now has federal investigators crawling all over his administration. Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who...
Tags: Richard M. Daley, Illinois, Politics, Chicago, Ethics
Tribune staff reportersIn the 30 days after lawmakers moved to ban Gov. Rod Blagojevich from taking campaign cash from state contractors, the embattled governor ramped up fundraising by collecting more than a quarter of a million dollars from people who do business with the...
Tribune staff reportersProsecutors wasted little time Thursday dragging Gov. Rod Blagojevich front and center in the corruption trial of his friend and fundraiser Antoin "Tony" Rezko. With an overflow crowd on hand for the politically charged trial, the first government...
Tags: Health, Harold Washington, Illinois, Politics, Interior Policy
Tribune staff reporterIn an overwhelming rebuke of scandal-tarred Gov. Rod Blagojevich, Illinois lawmakers on Monday approved the state's first ban on campaign donations from supporters seeking lucrative state contracts. The 55-0 vote in the Senate came only days after...
Tags: Illinois, Politics, Lemont, Freedom of the Press, Lawyers
Tribune staff reportersIllinois First Lady Patricia Blagojevich walked away from her successful career as a real estate agent earlier this year amid scrutiny from federal agents probing whether clients hired her to win favor from her husband's administration. With her...
Tribune staff reportersPushing further into Gov. Rod Blagojevich's inner circle, federal investigators have subpoenaed records involving a lobbyist friend who represented a hospital company that won a favorable state ruling. The company's for-profit affiliate donated $25,000...
Tags: Health, Illinois, Politics, Heart Surgery, Rod Blagojevich
Tribune staff reportersWilliam Cellini has spent four decades as Illinois' ultimate insider, cozying up to Republicans and Democrats alike as he wielded power and influence while trying to stay out of the spotlight. But the spotlight found Cellini on Thursday when a federal...
Tags: Fraud, Illinois, Politics, Abraham Lincoln, Interior Policy
Tribune staff reportersSen. Barack Obama tapped everyone from small Internet donors to Hollywood stars and industry titans to raise a towering $25 million in the first three months of this year. The eye-catching total is a far cry from his first bid for elected office a...
Tags: Richard M. Daley, Illinois, Employees, Politics, Interior Policy
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