As part of a special encore presentation of Eight Forty-Eight, producer Katie O'Brien looked back on the year’s milestones. The saga of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich has been punctuated by many significant—sometimes bizarre—chapters since his arrest in 2008.
Rod Blagojevich received his sentence Wednesday: 14 years for 18 counts of corruption. The ex-Illinois governor was first arrested nearly three years ago on Dec. 9, 2008. He was ordered to report to prison next February.
Eight Forty-Eight turned to WBEZ’s criminal justice and legal affairs reporter Robert Wildeboer at the Dirksen Federal Building in downtown Chicago where the second day of Rod Blagojevich’s sentence hearing was underway.
Rod Blagojevich’s sentencing hearing gets underway Tuesday. It came nearly six months after the ex-governor was convicted on 18 counts of corruption. Prosecutors asked U.S. District Judge James Zagel for 15 to 20 years in prison.
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Tony Rezko, a key player in the corruption that took place under former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, was sentenced to 10-and-a-half years in prison. After court Tuesday, U.S. attorney Patrick Fitzgerald said he could not think of another sentence that was that harsh for a public corruption case.
Attorneys asked federal judge James Zagel to throw out the conviction of William Cellini. The Springfield businessman was convicted just two weeks ago in connection with fundraising for former Gov. Rod Blagojevich.
Closing arguments in the trial of William Cellini were scheduled to begin Tuesday. In some ways, Cellini’s case represented the end of an era in Illinois: His could very well be the last trial resulting from the federal investigation of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.