In a secretly recorded phone conversation from the morning of November 21, 2008, then-Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich chatted with his chief of staff, John Harris, about possible picks to replace then-President-elect Barack Obama in the U.S. Senate.
Nobody elected Bradley Tusk. Rod Blagojevich hired him, on the recommendation of some of the ex-governor's buddies, to serve as deputy governor. But, according to his testimony in federal court on Monday, Tusk often acted like -- well -- governor.
The campaign of Illinois Governor Pat Quinn is eating up these Daily Herald stories about his opponent's missed votes in the legislature. The paper reports state Senator Bill Brady missed more than 200 votes during the spring session.
Jury questioning wrapped up Monday in the federal corruption trial of the Blagojevich brothers. Tuesday morning brings final strikes from the prosecution and defense, and then a jury will be finalized. Opening statements are expected to begin shortly thereafter. More on those later.
Following a speech a couple weeks ago in front of the City Club of Chicago, Mayor Richard Daley was quizzed about his 2011 plans. He didn't really answer. Here's the audio, starting with moderator Paul Green, political science professor at Roosevelt University.