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Jesse Jackson Jr. testifies of alleged extortion in Blagojevich retrial

May 25, 2011
Chicago Sun-Times


When former Gov. Rod Blagojevich called U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. to testify Wednesday, it was in an effort to bolster his defense against corruption charges. But it might prove to have been a disastrous choice, as Jackson leveled a previously undisclosed extortion allegation against Blagojevich.

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Blago's wife lucky she's not on trial, too

April 15, 2010

BY MARK BROWN Sun-Times Columnist

Do you remember how former Gov. Rod Blagojevich reacted when the news media first started questioning his wife Patti's business dealings, in particular how she had collected real estate broker commissions from the sale of properties involving his political pals?
I sure do.

"Sexist," complained the governor. "Neanderthal," he roared.

How dare anyone suggest that Patti Blagojevich's financial success was anything other than the result of her own accomplishments as an independent businesswoman.

Blagojevich brother asks judge for separate trial

April 15, 2010

By MIKE ROBINSON (AP) – April 15, 2010

CHICAGO — Rod Blagojevich's brother told a federal judge Thursday that he doesn't want to be tried on corruption charges alongside the ousted Illinois governor because witness testimony against his brother could bias jurors against him.

Prosecutors Offer Blagojevich Evidence

April 14, 2010


Published: April 14, 2010

CHICAGO — Just as Barack Obama was elected president, Rod R. Blagojevich, whose job it was as governor of Illinois to appoint Mr. Obama’s replacement to the United States Senate, began a frenetic, dizzying campaign to get something — an administration post, more than a million dollars, a high-paying job — in exchange for the appointment, a document released Wednesday by federal prosecutors suggests.

Blago's brother wants judge to throw out recordings

April 7, 2010

Natasha Korecki

In 2008, Rod Blagojevich allegedly set out to shake down Children's Memorial Hospital after getting a phone call from onetime Cubs manager Dusty Baker, according to court documents.

Baker, who supported the hospital, was asking for state help, according to the filing, which was based on allegations from Blagojevich friend-turned government cooperator John Wyma. Baker was not accused of anything improper.

Taxpayers likely to help fund ex-gov's defense

April 5, 2010
BY NATASHA KORECKI Federal Courts Reporter
Rod Blagojevich isn't governor anymore, but Illinois taxpayers are still probably going to have to pick up a portion of his legal tab when he goes on trial this summer on federal charges that accuse him of abusing the powers of the governor's office.
The ousted governor's campaign fund is paying his legal costs. But that fund -- which stood at $2.8 million when Blagojevich was hit with federal corruption charges -- is down to about $1.4 million, according to the U.S.