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.
In an email my computer tells me was sent at 5:22 p.m. on Tuesday, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn's office announced he would "speak at a luncheon celebrating the Illinois League of Women Voters' 90th Anniversary," scheduled for Wednesday afternoon at the Union League Club in Chicago.
Just three months ago, Kirk Dillard sat within a couple hundred votes of being his party's gubernatorial nominee. Now the Hinsdale state senator says he won't be attending a big party fundraiser, taking place this afternoon in Rosemont, headlined by Sarah Palin.
UPDATE: "Shall we speak of the elephant?" asked Daniel Madden, chair of the Cook County Electoral Board. The proverbial large mammal in the room that Madden was referring to, of course, is the legislation to abolish the office over which this petition challenge is being waged.
Scott Lee Cohen, the former Democratic nominee for Illinois lieutenant governor, announced an independent bid for governor this morning outside the Thompson Center in downtown Chicago. He was flanked by roughly two dozen supporters.