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From his meticulously tailored suits to his crisp, white shirts and silky, blue power ties, Rod Blagojevich shows up at his corruption trial each day looking like a million bucks. Actually, as it turns out, the cost of that sartorial splendor is closer to...
Tags: Illinois, U.S. Senate, Family, Values, Rod Blagojevich
Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich's federal corruption trial will feature prosecutors feeding voters a steady reminder of the worst elements of Illinois' political culture — allegations that money, insider influence and personal interest drive public...
Tags: Trials, Chicago, Illinois, Democratic Party, U.S. Senate
These days Joseph Aramanda manages a U.S. Census Bureau Chicago-area office and its 1,000 employees. But it was in a different capacity that he showed up for the government Tuesday at the Dirksen U.S. Courthouse — witness in the corruption trial...
U.S. District Judge James Zagel likes to say that a witness struggling under a fierce cross-examination in his courtroom won't be saved by the bell when it comes to recessing at the end of the day. On Thursday, it was a lawyer for former Gov. Rod...
Tags: Trials, Witnesses, National Football League, Judges, Football
Tribune staff reportersThey showed up at Rod Blagojevich's home before the sun. By daylight, federal agents had arrested and handcuffed the governor, throwing him -- and all of Illinois -- into one of the most momentous and absurd times in the state's sordid political history....
It's safe to say that Doug Scofield wasn't the most enthusiastic of messengers for Rod Blagojevich in the former governor's alleged quest to profit from a U.S. Senate appointment. "Every now and then we get asked to do something that's ridiculous even by...
Tags: Illinois, Crimes, U.S. Senate, Lawyers, Elections
Week 5 highlights •An IRS agent testified that Rod Blagojevich and his wife spent more than $400,000 on clothes over the nearly seven years he was either governor or running for the job. Four months before his arrest in December 2008, the...
Tags: Witnesses, Lawyers, U.S. Senate, Elections, Rod Blagojevich
The objections from a prosecutor came almost as fast and furiously as the questions from defense lawyer Sam Adam Jr. Almost. Adam was working hard to keep witness Alonzo "Lon" Monk on the ropes, and he paraded back and forth between a lectern in the...
Rod Blagojevich heard himself described during opening statements at his corruption trial Tuesday as naive, shallow, lacking in judgment and deeply insecure. And that was from his own lawyer, Sam Adam Jr. Hardly a flattering portrait for the politician...
Tags: Chicago, Jesse Jackson, Illinois, U.S. Senate, Rahm Emanuel
They helped Rod Blagojevich ascend to the top of state government, and they cooperated with federal agents in bringing him down. In between, the three former confidants made lucrative careers for themselves by trading on their access to the Democratic...
John Wyma had been a close friend and ally of Rod Blagojevich's for years, serving as his chief of staff when he was in Congress, his political director during his first run for governor, and an adviser and fundraiser once Blagojevich won election. But...
Over the six weeks that prosecutors laid out their case against Rod Blagojevich, witnesses and secret wiretaps portrayed the former governor as extravagant, obsessed with his own looks and image, a lousy steward of his family finances, near-delusional...
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