WBEZ | City Room http://www.wbez.org/tags/city-room Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Blagojevich Flashback: Timeline & turning points in political career (Part 4: 2009-2010) http://www.wbez.org/blog/blagojevich-flashback-timeline-turning-points-political-career-part-4-2009-2010 <p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="WBEZ/file" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-25179" src="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//cityroom_20090109_bcalhoun_1649330_Blag_large-e1281499069876.png" title="Blagojevich" width="490" height="436"> <code> </code></p><p><strong>January 14, 2009: Blagojevich Impeached</strong><br> The Illinois House votes 117-1 to impeach Governor Rod Blagojevich, with <a href="http://http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/blagojevich/1377870,house-votes-impeach-blagojevich-011409.article">the lone dissenting vote coming from Blagojevich's sister-in-law, State Representative Deborah Mell</a> (D), during first day as a member of the Illinois House. <img alt="" class="alignright size-medium wp-image-33442" src="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//Blago-on-view1-300x225.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 225px; margin: 8px; float: right;" title="Joy Behar, Rod Blagojevich"></p><p><strong>January, 2009: Begins National Media Blitz</strong><br> In an effort to boost public support, Blagojevich barnstorms the nation on a media tour that includes stops on ABC's The View, CBS's <a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/feb/04/rod-blagojevich-david-letterman">The Late Show w/David Letterman</a>, Comedy Central's <a href="http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/thu-september-24-2009/rod-blagojevich">The Daily Show</a>, among many others. Media tour continues well into 2010 and is accompanied by a regular gig hosting a radio show on WLS-AM in Chicago.</p><p><strong>January 24, 2009: Blagojevich lawyer Ed Genson quits </strong><br> Prominent <a href="http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local-beat/genson-quits-blagojevich-criminal-case-012309.html">defense attorney Ed Genson announces his decision to resign from Blagojevich's defense team</a>, citing differences in strategy. "I never require a client to do what I say," Genson explains. "But I at least require them to listen to what I say". Genson's departure sets the stage for different legal approach at trial.</p><p><strong>January 29, 2009: Removed as Governor</strong><br> After ignoring the impeachment trial in favor of a national media tour, Blagojevich makes a surprise appearance in the Illinois Senate. He delivers an impassioned speech, largely without notes.&nbsp; In the end, it does little to dissuade the Senate, which voted 59 to 0 to convict. That night, Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn is sworn in as Illinois Governor.<br> <br> <strong>September 9, 2009: Publishes memoir</strong><br> <em>The Governor</em> by Rod Blagojevich hits bookstores and Blagojevich hits the talk show media circuit once again.</p><p><strong>April 4, 2010: Fired from NBC's "Celebrity Apprentice"</strong><br> Blagojevich appears on NBC's "Celebrity Apprentice" with Donald Trump, but is fired <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/04/04/rod-blagojevich-fired-on_n_524881.html">after struggling to use a computer</a>.<br> <br> <img alt="" class="size-full wp-image-25532" src="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//AP100608131254-e1281583419526.jpg" style="width: 490px; height: 309px; margin: 8px; float: left;" title="Blagojevich Trial"></p><p><strong>June 3, 2010: Blagojevich trial begins</strong><br> Jury selection begins in the federal corruption case against the former Illinois governor. Blagojevich faces 24 counts, including racketeering, wire fraud and attempted extortion. High profile allegations include charges that he tried to sell the U.S. Senate seat vacated by President Barack Obama to the highest bidder.</p><p><strong>July 21, 2010: Defense rests</strong><br> Defense attorneys rest their case without calling a single witness in the trial, including Blagojevich himself. The move contradicts Blago's repeated promises that he would testify.</p><p><strong>July 28, 2010: Blagojevich case goes to jury</strong></p><p><strong>August 17, 2010: Guilty on 1 of 24 counts (Making false statements)</strong><br> High profile federal corruption trial culminates in a guilty verdict in just one of 24 counts against Blagojevich. Jury is hung on the remaining 23 and the judge declares a mistrial for those counts. Feds vow to re-prosecute. <code> </code></p><p><strong>April, 20, 2011: Blagojevich retrial begins</strong><br> As expected, federal prosecutors re-try Blagojevich, though the case is simplified and the list of charges narrowed from 24 to 20.&nbsp; Blagojevich enters the new trial without the assistance of defense attorneys Sam Adam and Sam Adam, Jr, who were part of his legal team during the first trial.</p><p><strong>May 26, 2011: Blagojevich testifies</strong><br> Blagojevich fulfills a pledge to speak directly to jurors. His first words on the witness stand, "I used to be your governor. I'm here today ... to tell you the truth." In total, he is on the stand for seven days.</p><p><strong>June 27, 2011: Blagojevich convicted</strong><br> After nine days of deliberating, jurors find Blagojevich guilty on 17 of 20 counts, including that he tried to sell or trade President Barack Obama's former Senate seat.</p><p><strong>December 6, 2011: Sentencing hearing begins</strong></p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 07 Dec 2011 13:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/blagojevich-flashback-timeline-turning-points-political-career-part-4-2009-2010 1989: The year Richard M. Daley became Chicago Mayor http://www.wbez.org/sedwards/2010/09/1989-the-year-richard-m-daley-became-chicago-mayor/36385 <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-11179" title="Chicago Budget Daley" src="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//AP0910150241761.jpg" alt="" width="446" height="326" /><code><div></div></code> For months, Chicago politicos have been speculating about whether Mayor Richard M. Daley would seek a record 7th term in office. And the emerging consensus in recent weeks was "yes" he would. So his announcement this week that he'll step down from office when his current term expires in May 2011 has sent shockwaves through the local political establishment and cracked the foundation of Chicago's City Hall. Daley's announcement now means every would-be mayoral aspirant from the West Side to the West Wing is scrambling to figure out whether - and how - they might be able to succeed him. This new "Mayoral Candidate Sweepstakes" promises to overshadow nearly every other political story in this already hot election year in Illinois. While that game ensues, we thought we'd play another: Turning back the clock.<!--break--> Chicagoans first elected Richard M. Daley as mayor 21 years ago - in 1989. Just how long has that been? Well, to put things into perspective, 1989 was the year of: - George H.W. Bush's inauguration the 41st President of the United States - the fall of the Berlin Wall - the Exxon Valdez oil spill - China's pro-democracy demonstrations in Tiananmen Square - the U.S. military invasion of Panama, to oust General Manuel Noriega as dictator - the conviction of Oliver North - the fatwa against author Salman Rushdie for his novel <em>The Satanic Verses</em>, issued by Iran's Ayatollah Khomeini - <em>When Harry met Sally </em> - George Michael's <em>Faith </em> - Steve Dahl's live vasectomy on WLUP-AM 1000 - Walter Jacobson's last broadcast as anchor of WBBM Ch.2's 10pm newscast. He was succeeded by Linda MacLennan - the debut of former Chicago aldermen Ed Vrdolyak and Cliff Kelley as radio talk show hosts No wonder Daley remarked yesterday at his news conference that "It's time to move on." What are your memories and milestones of 1989?</p> Wed, 08 Sep 2010 07:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/sedwards/2010/09/1989-the-year-richard-m-daley-became-chicago-mayor/36385 The Election File Write-in Edition: No. Your vote for Mickey Mouse will not count. http://www.wbez.org/shudzik/2010/09/the-election-file-write-in-edition-no-your-vote-for-mickey-mouse-will-not-count/36104 <p><strong><a href="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//cityroom_20080205_shudzik_Sout_large.png"><img class="aligncenter size-medium wp-image-36111" title="Polling Place" src="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//cityroom_20080205_shudzik_Sout_large-300x300.png" alt="" width="300" height="300" /></a> </strong> The Illinois State Board of Elections' <a href="http://www.elections.state.il.us/Downloads/ElectionInformation/PDF/2010Calendar.pdf">election calendar</a> is filled with deadlines for candidates. There are dozens of deadlines. Dozens. Most of them refer to the candidate disclosure process (who gave a candidate cash, and how the candidate spent it), and the nomination and petition process (how a candidate gets his or her name on the ballot). Write-in candidates don't usually have to have to worry about most of those dates. But they do need to worry about the deadline that arrived today: <blockquote><strong>THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 2010</strong> Last day a person may file a notarized Declaration of Intent to be a write-in candidate with the proper election authority or authorities (appropriate county clerk(s) and/or boards of election commissioners.) Write-ins shall be counted only for persons who have filed a Declaration of Intent. Write-in declarations are NOT filed with the State Board of Elections. (10 ILCS 5/17-16.1)</blockquote> <!--break--> Bottom line: if a candidate doesn't fill out the necessary form and get it to the relevant local election authorities (there are 110 of them across the state), than they are not really a write-in candidate. So if you voted for your dad, your crazy neighbor, your dog, <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0106673/">Kevin Kline</a>, <a href="http://www.enquirer.com/editions/2000/09/10/westwing.jpg">Martin Sheen</a>, Mickey Mouse or Manny Ramirez, you have literally wasted your vote. It's not going to get counted. Your polling place should post a list of all the declared write-in options, or you can sneak a peak ahead of time at the websites of your local election authority. (<strong>UPDATE:</strong> <a href="http://assets01.connect.clarityelections.com/Assets/Connect/RootPublish/will-il.connect.clarityelections.com/Elections/20101102/20101102GeneralElectionWriteinCandidates.pdf">Will County</a> and <a href="http://lakecountyil.gov/CountyClerk/Documents/Nov2010Candidates.pdf">Lake County, Illinois</a> have posted their lists. So has the <a href="http://www.cookcountyclerk.com/elections/2010elections/Pages/Write-InCandidates.aspx">Cook County Clerk's Office</a>, which handles elections in suburban parts of the county.) <strong>A candidate's write-in days are behind him</strong> Randy Stufflebeam is frustrated. Stufflebeam snagged more than 19,000 write-in votes during his 2006 campaign for Illinois governor. Not too shabby, but not enough for him to even consider doing it again. This time around, Stufflebeam is <a href="http://www.runrandyrun.com/">running for the U.S. Senate</a>. He'd hoped to make the ballot on the slate of the Constitution Party, but <a href="http://www.wbez.org/Content.aspx?audioID=44075">the party got the boot</a>. Instead of filing as a write-in, Stufflebeam is focusing his efforts on a lawsuit, challenging his removal from the ballot. I chatted with him earlier today. <a href="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//stufflebeam-web.mp3">stufflebeam web</a> Stufflebeam, in that clip, didn't sound interested in sharing who he might end up endorsing if he doesn't make the ballot. But I guessed anyway. <a href="http://www.labno4senate.com/">Mike Labno</a>, the Libertarian candidate? "I'm not inclined to say anything right at this moment"¦because there's still a chance that we might still get the ballot access." I can't really blame Stufflebeam for not answering. Unconventional politician or not, no one really wants to endorse an opponent until they know for sure that their own candidacy is doomed. <strong>"ËœI'm tired of the BS'</strong> <a href="http://www.independentforgovernor-illinois.com/">Steve Estill</a> is a retired state employee from central Illinois. He's running as a write-in candidate for governor because he says he's sick of money in politics. <a href="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//estill-web.mp3">estill web</a> Estill will be <a href="/shudzik/2010/08/the-election-file-your-guide-to-the-november-ballot/35441">competing against</a> Democratic Governor Pat Quinn, the Green Party's Rich Whitney, Libertarian Lex Green, Republican state Senator Bill Brady and independent Scott Lee Cohen - along with a handful of others who've launched write-in campaigns. <strong>RELATED: </strong><a href="http://www.wbez.org/Content.aspx?audioID=44205">Underdogs or Not, Wrote-in Candidates Press On</a></p> Thu, 02 Sep 2010 16:48:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/shudzik/2010/09/the-election-file-write-in-edition-no-your-vote-for-mickey-mouse-will-not-count/36104 The Election File: Your Guide to the November Ballot http://www.wbez.org/blog/election-file-your-guide-november-ballot <p>We finally have a ballot. <a href="http://wbez.org/Content.aspx?audioID=44083">On Friday</a>, the Illinois State Board of Elections decided the Libertarian slate had made the grade, but the Constitution Party had not. They also voted to remove Senate hopefuls Corey Dabney and Andy Martin. The decisions cleared up the final objections to independent and third-party candidate petitions. Appeals could cause hiccups down the road, but these rulings will allow local election officials to get the ballot-printing process underway. <a href="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//848_20100201e_large.png"><img src="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//848_20100201e_large-300x300.png" alt="" title="judges" width="300" height="300" class="size-medium wp-image-35479" /></a> <break></break> So here we go: your guide to some of the hottest races in the 2010 general election. We know there will be other hot races, but - for now - we'll focus on these:<!--break--> * denotes the incumbent (note that many of the top races in Illinois this year are incumbent-free) <strong>U.S. Senate - Illinois</strong> <style type="text/css"> table.tableizer-table {border: 1px solid #CCC; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;} .tableizer-table td {padding: 4px; margin: 3px; border: 1px solid #ccc;} .tableizer-table th {background-color: #104E8B; color: #FFF; font-weight: bold;} </style> <table class="tableizer-table"> <tr class="tableizer-firstrow"><th>Candidate</th><th>Party</th><th>Who's that?</th><th>Who gave the cash?</th><th>What about the issues?</th></tr> <tr><td>Alexi Giannoulias</td><td>Democratic</td><td>Illinois Treasurer, former banker</td><td><a href="http://query.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/can_detail/S0IL00204/">Answers from the FEC</a></td><td><a href="http://www.alexiforillinois.com/issues">From the campaign website</a></td></tr> <tr><td>LeAlan Jones</td><td>Green</td><td>Freelance journalist, speaker</td><td><a href="http://query.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/can_detail/S0IL00386/">Answers from the FEC</a></td><td><a href="http://lealanforsenate.org/?page_id=19">From the campaign website</a></td></tr> <tr><td>Mark Kirk</td><td>Republican</td><td>Congressman, Navy reservist</td><td><a href="http://query.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/can_detail/H0IL10120/">Answers from the FEC</a></td><td><a href="http://www.kirkforsenate.com/?page_id=36">From the campaign website</a></td></tr> <tr><td>Mike Labno</td><td>Libertarian</td><td>Project manager in electrical construction</td><td>No filings with the FEC</td><td><a href="http://www.labno4senate.com/issues.html">From the campaign website</a></td></tr></table> <break></break> <strong>U.S. Senate - Indiana</strong> <style type="text/css"> table.tableizer-table {border: 1px solid #CCC; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;} .tableizer-table td {padding: 4px; margin: 3px; border: 1px solid #ccc;} .tableizer-table th {background-color: #104E8B; color: #FFF; font-weight: bold;} </style> <table class="tableizer-table"> <tr class="tableizer-firstrow"><th>Candidate</th><th>Party</th><th>Who's that?</th><th>Who gave the cash?</th><th>What about the issues?</th></tr> <tr><td>Dan Coats</td><td>Republican</td><td>Former lobbyist, ambassador and U.S. senator</td><td><a href="http://query.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/cancomsrs/?_10+S0IN00053">Answers from the FEC</a></td><td><a href="http://www.coatsforindiana.com/home/">From the campaign website</a></td></tr> <tr><td>Brad Ellsworth</td><td>Democratic</td><td>Congressman, former sheriff</td><td><a href="http://query.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/cancomsrs/?_10+S0IN00152">Answers from the FEC</a></td><td><a href="http://www.ellsworthforindiana2010.com/issues">From the campaign website</a></td></tr> <tr><td>Rebecca Sink-Burris</td><td>Libertarian</td><td>Family business owner</td><td>No filings with the FEC</td><td><a href="http://www.electrebecca.com/on-the-issues/">From the campaign website</a></td></tr></table> <break></break> <strong>Illinois' 10th Congressional</strong> <style type="text/css"> table.tableizer-table {border: 1px solid #CCC; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;} .tableizer-table td {padding: 4px; margin: 3px; border: 1px solid #ccc;} .tableizer-table th {background-color: #104E8B; color: #FFF; font-weight: bold;} </style> <table class="tableizer-table"> <tr class="tableizer-firstrow"><th>Candidate</th><th>Party</th><th>Who's that?</th><th>Who gave the cash?</th><th>What about the issues?</th></tr> <tr><td>Robert Dold</td><td>Republican</td><td>Owner of pest control business, former U.S. House staffer</td><td><a href="http://query.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/cancomsrs/?_10+H0IL10302">Answers from the FEC</a></td><td><a href="http://www.doldforcongress.com/pages/issues/19.php">From the campaign website</a></td></tr> <tr><td>Dan Seals</td><td>Democratic</td><td>Business consultant, '08 and '06 candidate</td><td><a href="http://query.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/cancomsrs/?_10+H6IL10119">Answers from the FEC</a></td><td><a href="http://www.dansealsforcongress.com/issues">From the campaign website</a></td></tr></table> <break></break> <strong>Illinois' 11th Congressional</strong> <style type="text/css"> table.tableizer-table {border: 1px solid #CCC; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;} .tableizer-table td {padding: 4px; margin: 3px; border: 1px solid #ccc;} .tableizer-table th {background-color: #104E8B; color: #FFF; font-weight: bold;} </style> <table class="tableizer-table"> <tr class="tableizer-firstrow"><th>Candidate</th><th>Party</th><th>Who's that?</th><th>Who gave the cash?</th><th>What about the issues?</th></tr> <tr><td>Debbie Halvorson*</td><td>Democratic</td><td>Congresswoman, former state legislator</td><td><a href="http://query.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/cancomsrs/?_10+H8IL11113">Answers from the FEC</a></td><td><a href="http://www.debbiehalvorson.com/release.asp?id=2">From the campaign website</a></td></tr> <tr><td>Adam Kinzinger</td><td>Republican</td><td>Captain in Air National Guard, former McLean County Board member</td><td><a href="http://query.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/cancomsrs/?_10+H0IL11052">Answers from the FEC</a></td><td><a href="http://www.electadam.com/inner.asp?z=10">From the campaign website</a></td></tr></table> <break></break> <strong>Illinois' 14th Congressional</strong> <style type="text/css"> table.tableizer-table {border: 1px solid #CCC; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;} .tableizer-table td {padding: 4px; margin: 3px; border: 1px solid #ccc;} .tableizer-table th {background-color: #104E8B; color: #FFF; font-weight: bold;} </style> <table class="tableizer-table"> <tr class="tableizer-firstrow"><th>Candidate</th><th>Party</th><th>Who's that?</th><th>Who gave the cash?</th><th>What about the issues?</th></tr> <tr><td>Bill Foster*</td><td>Democratic</td><td>Congressman, former scientist, business owner</td><td><a href="http://query.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/cancomsrs/?_10+H8IL14067">Answers from the FEC</a></td><td><a href="http://www.billfoster.com/issues/">From the campaign website</a></td></tr> <tr><td>Randy Hultgren</td><td>Republican</td><td>State legislator, investment advisor</td><td><a href="http://query.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/cancomsrs/?_10+H0IL14080">Answers from the FEC</a></td><td><a href="http://hultgrenforcongress.com/?page_id=805">From the campaign website</a></td></tr> <tr><td>Dan Kairis</td><td>Green</td><td>Substitute teacher, small business owner</td><td>No filings with the FEC</td><td><a href="http://www.rpil.org/positions.php">From the campaign website</a></td></tr></table> <break></break> <strong>Illinois Governor and Lieutenant Governor</strong> <style type="text/css"> table.tableizer-table {border: 1px solid #CCC; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;} .tableizer-table td {padding: 4px; margin: 3px; border: 1px solid #ccc;} .tableizer-table th {background-color: #104E8B; color: #FFF; font-weight: bold;} </style> <table class="tableizer-table"> <tr class="tableizer-firstrow"><th>Candidate</th><th>Party</th><th>Who's that?</th><th>Who gave the cash?</th><th>What about the issues?</th></tr> <tr><td>Bill Brady & Jason Plummer</td><td>Republican</td><td>State senator and business owner (Brady), lumber company executive (Plummer)</td><td><a href="http://www.elections.state.il.us/CampaignDisclosure/CandidateDetail.aspx?ID=20348">Answers from the SBE</a></td><td><a href="http://bradyforillinois.com/issues">From the campaign website</a></td></tr> <tr><td>Scott Lee Cohen & Baxter Swilley</td><td>(Independent)</td><td>Pawn shop owner (Cohen), campaign staff member (Swilley)</td><td><a href="http://www.elections.state.il.us/CampaignDisclosure/CandidateDetail.aspx?ID=23010">Answers from the SBE</a></td><td><a href="http://scottleecohen.com/issues">From the campaign website</a></td></tr> <tr><td>Lex Green & Ed Rutledge</td><td>Libertarian</td><td>Technical maintenance Mitsubishi factory (Green), financial industry (Rutledge)</td><td><a href="http://www.elections.state.il.us/CampaignDisclosure/CommitteeDetail.aspx?id=22684">Answers from the SBE</a></td><td><a href="http://www.electlex.com/issues.php">From the campaign website</a></td></tr> <tr><td>Pat Quinn* & Sheila Simon</td><td>Democratic </td><td>Incumbent governor (Quinn), law professor (Simon)</td><td><a href="http://www.elections.state.il.us/CampaignDisclosure/CandidateDetail.aspx?ID=24169">Answers from the SBE</a></td><td><a href="http://www.quinnforillinois.com/issues">From the campaign website</a></td></tr> <tr><td>Rich Whitney & Don Crawford</td><td>Green</td><td>Lawyer (Whitney), teacher and guidance counselor (Crawford)</td><td><a href="http://www.elections.state.il.us/CampaignDisclosure/CandidateDetail.aspx?ID=20921">Answers from the SBE</a></td><td><a href="http://www.whitneyforgov.org/issues">From the campaign website</a></td></tr></table> <break></break> <strong>Illinois Comptroller</strong> <style type="text/css"> table.tableizer-table {border: 1px solid #CCC; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;} .tableizer-table td {padding: 4px; margin: 3px; border: 1px solid #ccc;} .tableizer-table th {background-color: #104E8B; color: #FFF; font-weight: bold;} </style> <table class="tableizer-table"> <tr class="tableizer-firstrow"><th>Candidate</th><th>Party</th><th>Who's that?</th><th>Who gave them cash?</th><th>What about the issues?</th></tr> <tr><td>Julie Fox</td><td>Libertarian</td><td>Comptroller for Bell Flavors and Fragrances, Inc.</td><td><a href="http://www.elections.state.il.us/CampaignDisclosure/CommitteeDetail.aspx?id=22367">Answers from the SBE</a></td><td><a href="http://www.foxforcomptroller.com/issues_julie_fox_candidate_Illinois_comptroller_2010_libertarian.html">From the campaign website</a></td></tr> <tr><td>David Miller</td><td>Democratic</td><td>State legislator, dentist</td><td><a href="http://www.elections.state.il.us/CampaignDisclosure/CandidateDetail.aspx?ID=24177">Answers from the SBE</a></td><td><a href="http://www.davidmillerillinois.com/issues">From the campaign website</a></td></tr> <tr><td>Erika Schafer</td><td>Green</td><td>Financial services director at Center for American Progress</td><td>No filings with the SBE</td><td>Focus on fiscal oversight, and tax and budget reform</td></tr> <tr><td>Judy Baar Topinka</td><td>Republican</td><td>Former state treasurer, state legislator</td><td><a href="http://www.elections.state.il.us/CampaignDisclosure/CandidateDetail.aspx?ID=24176">Answers from the SBE</a></td><td><a href="http://www.judybaartopinka.com/issues.php">From the campaign website</a></td></tr></table> <break></break> <strong>Illinois Treasurer</strong> <style type="text/css"> table.tableizer-table {border: 1px solid #CCC; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;} .tableizer-table td {padding: 4px; margin: 3px; border: 1px solid #ccc;} .tableizer-table th {background-color: #104E8B; color: #FFF; font-weight: bold;} </style> <table class="tableizer-table"> <tr class="tableizer-firstrow"><th>Candidate</th><th>Party</th><th>Who's that?</th><th>Who gave the cash?</th><th>What about the issues?</th></tr> <tr><td>Robin Kelly</td><td>Democratic</td><td>Chief of staff in treasurer's office, former state legislator</td><td><a href="http://www.elections.state.il.us/CampaignDisclosure/CandidateDetail.aspx?ID=23457">Answers from the SBE</a></td><td><a href="http://www.robinfortreasurer.com/issues">From the campaign website</a></td></tr> <tr><td>James Pauly</td><td>Libertarian</td><td>Attorney</td><td>No filings with the SBE</td><td><a href="http://pauly4illinois.com/index.php">From the campaign website</a></td></tr> <tr><td>Dan Rutherford</td><td>Republican</td><td>State legislator, Servicemaster employee</td><td><a href="http://www.elections.state.il.us/CampaignDisclosure/CandidateDetail.aspx?ID=24178">Answers from the SBE</a></td><td><a href="http://www.danrutherford.com/aboutdan.asp">From the campaign website</a></td></tr> <tr><td>Scott Summers</td><td>Green</td><td>Attorney</td><td><a href="http://www.elections.state.il.us/CampaignDisclosure/CandidateDetail.aspx?ID=25028">Answers from the SBE</a></td><td><a href="http://www.summersfortreasurer.org/">From the campaign website</a></td></tr></table> <break></break> <strong>Cook County Board President</strong> <style type="text/css"> table.tableizer-table {border: 1px solid #CCC; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;} .tableizer-table td {padding: 4px; margin: 3px; border: 1px solid #ccc;} .tableizer-table th {background-color: #104E8B; color: #FFF; font-weight: bold;} </style> <table class="tableizer-table"> <tr class="tableizer-firstrow"><th>Candidate</th><th>Party</th><th>Most recent job or office</th><th>Who gave the cash?</th><th>What about the issues?</th></tr> <tr><td>Roger Keats</td><td>Republican</td><td>Former state senator, works in financial securities industry</td><td><a href="http://www.elections.state.il.us/CampaignDisclosure/CandidateDetail.aspx?ID=23988">Answers from the SBE</a></td><td><a href="http://keatsforcook.org/Keats_for_Cook_Plan.html">From the campaign website</a></td></tr> <tr><td>Toni Preckwinkle</td><td>Democratic</td><td>Chicago alderman</td><td><a href="http://www.elections.state.il.us/CampaignDisclosure/CandidateDetail.aspx?ID=23026">Answers from the SBE</a></td><td><a href="http://www.tonipreckwinkle.org/section/issues">From the campaign website</a></td></tr> <tr><td>Tom Tresser</td><td>Green</td><td>Community organizer, arts activist</td><td><a href="http://www.elections.state.il.us/CampaignDisclosure/CandidateDetail.aspx?ID=24089">Answers from the SBE</a></td><td><a href="http://www.tom2010.us/platform">From the campaign website</a></td></tr></table> <break></break> <strong>Cook County Assessor</strong> <style type="text/css"> table.tableizer-table {border: 1px solid #CCC; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;} .tableizer-table td {padding: 4px; margin: 3px; border: 1px solid #ccc;} .tableizer-table th {background-color: #104E8B; color: #FFF; font-weight: bold;} </style> <table class="tableizer-table"> <tr class="tableizer-firstrow"><th>Candidate</th><th>Party</th><th>Who's that?</th><th>Who gave the cash?</th><th>What about the issues?</th></tr> <tr><td>Joseph Berrios</td><td>Democratic</td><td>Cook County Board of Review commissioner, lobbyist</td><td><a href="http://www.elections.state.il.us/CampaignDisclosure/CandidateDetail.aspx?ID=24200">Answers from the SBE</a></td><td><a href="http://www.electjoeberrios.com/berrios_plan.htm">From the campaign website</a></td></tr> <tr><td>Forrest Claypool</td><td>(Independent)</td><td>Cook County commissioner, business owner</td><td><a href="http://www.elections.state.il.us/CampaignDisclosure/CandidateDetail.aspx?ID=24881">Answers from the SBE</a></td><td><a href="http://www.forrestclaypool.com/site/">From the campaign website</a></td></tr> <tr><td>Robert Grota</td><td>Green</td><td>Employee in Cook County Assessor's office</td><td>No filings with the SBE</td><td><a href="http://grotaforcookcountyassessor.com/key-issues">From the campaign website</a></td></tr> <tr><td>Sharon Strobeck-Eckersall</td><td>Republican</td><td>Former Evanston Township assessor</td><td>No filings with the SBE</td><td><a href="http://sharonforassessor.com/">From the campaign website</a></td></tr></table></p> Mon, 30 Aug 2010 07:30:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/election-file-your-guide-november-ballot Blagojevich Verdict Form: A detailed look at what the jurors decided http://www.wbez.org/blog/blagojevich-verdict-form-detailed-look-what-jurors-decided <p><a href="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//blagclosweb2.jpg"><img class="size-full wp-image-33821" title="Blagojevich" src="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//blagclosweb2.jpg" alt="" width="490" height="265" /></a><code><div></div></code> <strong> </strong> The jury has reached a verdict. Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich has been convicted of one count, lying to federal agents. We previously posted <a href="/shudzik/2010/08/blagojevich-trial-verdict-form-which-charges-are-stumping-the-jurors/31905">a verdict guide</a> that reviewed each charge against Rod and Robert Blagojevich. Now we're going to focus on just the charge on which the jurors have reached unanimous agreement. The ex-governor faced 24 counts, and Robert ended up facing 4 of those. Both defendants pleaded not guilty to all charges. <strong><a name="falsestatements">COUNT</a> 24 (Making a false statement or representation) </strong><strong>MAXIMUM PENALTY: 5 years, $250K fine ROD BLAGOJEVICH</strong> <strong>X </strong> GUILTY __ NOT GUILTY <blockquote><span style="color: #0000ff;">The government alleges that, in an interview with the FBI in March of 2005, Blagojevich "knowingly and willfully [made] materially false, fictitious and fraudulent statements and representations." In order to find the ex-governor guilty of this charge, jurors need only agree unanimously on one of the following alleged offenses:</span></blockquote> <p style="padding-left: 30px;">False Statement 1 ("ROD BLAGOJEVICH has tried to maintain a firewall between politics and government.")</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;">__ COMMITTED __ NOT COMMITTED</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;">False Statement 2<strong><em> </em></strong>("ROD BLAGOJEVICH does not track, or want to know, who contributes to him or how much they are contributing to him.")</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><strong>X</strong> COMMITTED __ NOT COMMITTED</p></p> Tue, 17 Aug 2010 16:48:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/blagojevich-verdict-form-detailed-look-what-jurors-decided Blagojevich Analysis: Jury deliberations, deadlocks & decisions http://www.wbez.org/sedwards/2010/08/blagojevich-analysis-jury-deliberations-deadlocks-decisions/33871 <p>On Thursday, the jury in the federal corruption trial of former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich informed U.S. District Court Judge James Zagel that they'd reached a decision on only 2 of the 24 counts before them. This comes after weeks of testimony, years of investigation, and 12 days of deliberation. The news reverberated like a bombshell throughout the Dirksen Federal Building and has the world wondering: What's going on in there? <!--break--> That's the question we posed to our own criminal justice reporter Robert Wildeboer. Here's our 5 minute debrief: <object width="500" height="375"><param name="allowfullscreen" value="true" /><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><param name="movie" value="http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=14117846&amp;server=vimeo.com&amp;show_title=0&amp;show_byline=0&amp;show_portrait=0&amp;color=b30000&amp;fullscreen=1&amp;autoplay=0&amp;loop=0" /><embed src="http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=14117846&amp;server=vimeo.com&amp;show_title=0&amp;show_byline=0&amp;show_portrait=0&amp;color=b30000&amp;fullscreen=1&amp;autoplay=0&amp;loop=0" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" width="500" height="375"></embed></object></p> Fri, 13 Aug 2010 09:55:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/sedwards/2010/08/blagojevich-analysis-jury-deliberations-deadlocks-decisions/33871 Blagojevich Trial Verdict Form: Which charges are stumping the jurors? http://www.wbez.org/blog/blagojevich-trial-verdict-form-which-charges-are-stumping-jurors <p><a href="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//AP1006100406003.jpg"><img class="size-full wp-image-32206" title="Blagojevich Trial" src="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//AP1006100406003.jpg" alt="" width="512" height="239" /></a> <strong> </strong> Okay, if you are like us, you're scratching your head trying to figure out exactly which <a href="http://www.wbez.org/Content.aspx?audioID=43759">2 of the 24 counts the jurors have agreed on</a>. To make your speculating easier, we've decided to post this verdict guide a bit earlier than planned. <strong>(Leave your guesses in the comments section.)</strong> Take a look below for a review of each charge against Rod and Robert Blagojevich. This is a shorthand version, of course. For a complete understanding of what is facing the 12 jurors, read the <a href="../wp-content/uploads/indictment.pdf">indictment</a> and <a href="../wp-content/uploads/jury-instructions.pdf">jury instructions</a>. We've included a note about maximum penalties for each offense if a defendant is found guilty, but with federal sentencing guidelines, a final sentence would likely be significantly less than the totals listed here. The ex-governor faces 24 counts, and Robert ended up facing 4 of those. Both defendants pleaded not guilty to all charges. <!--break-->The counts fall into 4 rough categories: <ul> <li><a href="#racketeering">Racketeering-related</a> (Counts 1-2)</li> <li><a href="#wire">Wire fraud</a> (Counts 3-13)</li> <li><a href="#extortion">Extortion and bribery-related</a> (Counts 14-23)</li> <li><a href="#falsestatements">False statements</a> (Count 24)</li> </ul> And, with that, we present to you this <span style="color: #0000ff;">(annotated)</span> verdict form: <strong><a name="racketeering">COUNT 1</a> (Racketeering) MAXIMUM PENALTY: 20 years, $250K fine ROD BLAGOJEVICH</strong> __ GUILTY‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚  __ NOT GUILTY<strong> </strong> <blockquote><span style="color: #0000ff;">To find Rod Blagojevich guilty of racketeering, the jury must find he committed at least two of the six racketeering acts listed below, and that those acts were "in some way related" to each other. You'll notice that each racketeering act contains multiple offenses. To find that Blagojevich committed the act, the jury needs only to agree that one of the offenses was committed.</span></blockquote> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><strong><em>Racketeering Act 1 (Pension Obligation Bond Deal)</em></strong></p> <blockquote> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style="color: #0000ff;"> </span></p> <a href="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//cityroom_20080128_rwildeboer_Tony_large.png"><img class="size-medium wp-image-32209" title="Rezko" src="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//cityroom_20080128_rwildeboer_Tony_large-299x300.png" alt="" width="167" height="168" /></a> <span style="color: #0000ff;">The government alleges that, in 2003, Blagojevich and members of his inner circle "agreed to direct lucrative state business" to Bear Stearns, relating to the refinancing of billions of dollars in state pension bonds. Prosecutors say the company's lobbyist, Bob Kjellander, "agreed to provide hundreds of thousands of dollars to Blagojevich pal Tony Rezko out of the fee the lobbyist would collect, and Rezko agreed to split the money with Blagojevich and the others.</span></blockquote> <p style="padding-left: 30px;">1(a) Conspiracy to Commit Bribery</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;">__ COMMITTED‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚  __ NOT COMMITTED</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;">1(b) Bribery</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;">__ COMMITTED‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚  __ NOT COMMITTED</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><strong><em>Racketeering Act 2 (School Grant)</em></strong></p> <blockquote><span style="color: #0000ff;">The government alleges that, in 2006, Blagojevich delayed state payments on a promised $2-million grant to a school in the congressional district of U.S. Rep. Rahm Emanuel. Prosecutors say Blagojevich did this to try to leverage Emanuel to get his brother, a Hollywood agent, to throw the governor a fundraiser.</span></blockquote> <p style="padding-left: 30px;">2(a) Attempted Extortion (Count 14 is the related charge.)</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;">__ COMMITTED‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚  __ NOT COMMITTED</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;">2(b) Attempted Bribery</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;">__ COMMITTED‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚  __ NOT COMMITTED</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><strong><em>Racketeering Act 3 (Children's Memorial Hospital)</em></strong></p> <blockquote><span style="color: #0000ff;">Prosecutors say Blagojevich delayed a promised increase to the Medicaid reimbursement rate for pediatricians, after Patrick Magoon from Children's Memorial Hospital ignored requests in late 2008 that he round-up campaign donations.</span></blockquote> <p style="padding-left: 30px;">3(a) Attempted Extortion (Count 15 is the related charge.)</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;">__ COMMITTED‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚  __ NOT COMMITTED</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;">3(b) Attempted Bribery</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;">__ COMMITTED‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚  __ NOT COMMITTED</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;">3(c) Wire Fraud (Count 3 is the related charge.)</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;">__ COMMITTED‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚  __ NOT COMMITTED</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><em><strong>Racketeering Act 4 (Racetrack Executive)</strong></em></p> <blockquote><span style="color: #0000ff;">The government alleges Blagojevich delayed signing a piece of legislation in late 2008 that would benefit the horse race industry, as he waited for campaign donations from racetrack executive John Johnston.</span></blockquote> <p style="padding-left: 30px;">4(a) Conspiracy To Commit Extortion (Count 17 is the related charge.)</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;">__ COMMITTED‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚  __ NOT COMMITTED</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;">4(b) Conspiracy To Commit Bribery (Count 18 is the related charge.)</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;">__ COMMITTED‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚  __ NOT COMMITTED</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;">4(c) Wire Fraud (Count 12 is the related charge.)</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;">__ COMMITTED‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚  __ NOT COMMITTED</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style="color: #000000;"><em><strong>Racketeering Act 5 (Highway Contractor)</strong></em></span></p> <blockquote><span style="color: #0000ff;">Prosecutors say Blagojevich and his associates tried to pressure construction executive Gerald Krozel to bundle campaign donations from road builders in exchange for the possible launch of an expanded tollway construction plan.</span></blockquote> <p style="padding-left: 30px;">5(a) Attempted Extortion (Count 19 is the related charge.)</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;">__ COMMITTED‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚  __ NOT COMMITTED</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;">5(b) Attempted Bribery</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;">__ COMMITTED‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚  __ NOT COMMITTED</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><em><strong>Racketeering Act 6 (Senate Seat)</strong></em></p> <blockquote> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style="color: #0000ff;"> </span></p> <a href="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//cityroom_20090908_newsintern_124126_Unfi_large.png"><img class="size-medium wp-image-32211" title="Barack Obama" src="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//cityroom_20090908_newsintern_124126_Unfi_large-300x300.png" alt="" width="154" height="154" /></a> <span style="color: #0000ff;">In its most headline-inducing set of charges, the government alleges Blagojevich sought to obtain personal benefits by leveraging his power to appoint a U.S. senator to fill the seat being vacated by then-President-elect Barack Obama.</span></blockquote> <p style="padding-left: 30px;">6(a) Conspiracy To Commit Extortion (Count 21 is the related charge.)</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;">__ COMMITTED‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚  __ NOT COMMITTED</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;">6(b) Attempted Extortion (Count 22 is the related charge.)</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;">__ COMMITTED‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚  __ NOT COMMITTED</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;">6(c) Conspiracy to Commit Bribery (Count 23 is the related charge.)</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;">__ COMMITTED‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚  __ NOT COMMITTED</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;">6(d) Wire Fraud (Count 4 is the related charge.)</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;">__ COMMITTED‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚  __ NOT COMMITTED</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;">6(e) Wire Fraud (Count 5 is the related charge.)</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;">__ COMMITTED‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚  __ NOT COMMITTED</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;">6(f) Wire Fraud (Count 6 is the related charge.)</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;">__ COMMITTED‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚  __ NOT COMMITTED</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;">6(g) Wire Fraud (Count 7 is the related charge.)</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;">__ COMMITTED‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚  __ NOT COMMITTED</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;">6(h) Wire Fraud (Count 8 is the related charge.)</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;">__ COMMITTED‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚  __ NOT COMMITTED</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;">6(i) Wire Fraud (Count 9 is the related charge.)</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;">__ COMMITTED‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚  __ NOT COMMITTED</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;">6(j) Wire Fraud (Count 10 is the related charge.)</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;">__ COMMITTED‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚  __ NOT COMMITTED</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;">6(k) Wire Fraud (Count 11 is the related charge.)</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;">__ COMMITTED‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚  __ NOT COMMITTED</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;">6(l) Wire Fraud (Count 13 is the related charge.)</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;">__ COMMITTED‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚  __ NOT COMMITTED</p> <strong>COUNT 2 (Racketeering Conspiracy) MAXIMUM PENALTY: 20 years, $250K fine ROD BLAGOJEVICH</strong> <!--break--> __ GUILTY‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚  __ NOT GUILTY<strong> </strong> <blockquote><span style="color: #0000ff;">With the racketeering conspiracy charge, the government alleges Blagojevich "knowingly conspired to conduct or participate" in the above racketeering acts.</span></blockquote> <strong><a name="wire">COUNT</a> 3 (Wire Fraud) MAXIMUM PENALTY: 20 years, $250K fine ROD BLAGOJEVICH</strong> __ GUILTY‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚  __ NOT GUILTY<strong> </strong> <blockquote><span style="color: #0000ff;">Children's Memorial Hospital head Patrick Magoon says Blagojevich called him on October 17, 2008, to tell him he'd signed off on a Medicaid rate increase for pediatricians. Prosecutors say this and other calls furthered a scheme to get campaign donations from Magoon in exchange for government action. (No tape is in evidence for this alleged phone call.) Magoon was in Florida for the call, the government says, which fulfills the "interstate" requirement of the federal fraud statute.</span></blockquote> <strong>COUNT 4 (Wire Fraud) MAXIMUM PENALTY: 20 years, $250K fine ROD BLAGOJEVICH</strong> __ GUILTY‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚  __ NOT GUILTY<strong> </strong> <strong>ROBERT BLAGOJEVICH</strong> <strong> </strong>__ GUILTY‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚  __ NOT GUILTY<strong> </strong> <blockquote><span style="color: #0000ff;">On November 1, 2008, Blagojevich talked on the phone with his brother, Robert, who was in Nashville, Tennessee. The two discussed the status of campaign contributions expected from racetrack executive John Johnston. Prosecutors say this and other calls were part of a scheme to get campaign contributions from Johnston in exchange for the governor signing a bill favorable to Johnston's industry. They also discussed possible contributions from construction executive Gerald Krozel, and Senate hopefuls Blair Hull and U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. (<a href="http://www.justice.gov/usao/iln/hot/us_v_blagojevich_exhibits/2010_06_10/transcript_11_01_2008_1055am.pdf">Read and listen to this call.</a>)</span><strong> </strong></blockquote> <strong>COUNT 5 (Wire Fraud) </strong><strong>MAXIMUM PENALTY: 20 years, $250K fine ROD BLAGOJEVICH</strong> __ GUILTY‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚  __ NOT GUILTY<strong> </strong> <blockquote><span style="color: #0000ff;">On November 7, 2008, Blagojevich, his chief of staff John Harris and political advisor Fred Yang had a conference call in which they discussed ways the governor could benefit from his power to appoint a senator. Prosecutors say Yang was in Washington, DC, at the time. (<a href="http://www.justice.gov/usao/iln/hot/us_v_blagojevich_exhibits/2010_06_24/transcript_11_07_2008_0411pm.pdf">Read and listen to this call.</a>)</span></blockquote> <strong>COUNT 6 (Wire Fraud) </strong><strong>MAXIMUM PENALTY: 20 years, $250K fine ROD BLAGOJEVICH</strong> __ GUILTY‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚  __ NOT GUILTY<strong> </strong> <blockquote><span style="color: #0000ff;">On November 10, 2008, Blagojevich, along with his wife and various advisors, some who were out of state, discussed the Senate appointment and what could be gained from it. (<a href="http://www.justice.gov/usao/iln/hot/us_v_blagojevich_exhibits/2010_07_01/transcript_11_10_2008_0907am.pdf">Read and listen to this call.</a>)</span></blockquote> <strong>COUNT 7 (Wire Fraud)</strong><strong> MAXIMUM PENALTY: 20 years, $250K fine ROD BLAGOJEVICH</strong> __ GUILTY‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚  __ NOT GUILTY<strong> </strong> <blockquote><span style="color: #0000ff;">This phone call, on November 12, 2008, includes Blagojevich and political advisor Fred Yang, who is in Washington, DC. The conversation includes Blagojevich discussing the possibility of starting an issue advocacy group. Other tapes show the governor wanted presidential donors to dump money into the group. In exchange, prosecutors say, Blagojevich would appoint Valerie Jarrett, a friend of President-elect Barack Obama, to the Senate. (<a href="http://www.justice.gov/usao/iln/hot/us_v_blagojevich_exhibits/2010_06_24/transcript_11_12_2008_0935am.pdf">Read and listen to this call.</a>)</span></blockquote> <strong>COUNT 8 (Wire Fraud) </strong><strong>MAXIMUM PENALTY: 20 years, $250K fine ROD BLAGOJEVICH</strong> __ GUILTY‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚  __ NOT GUILTY<strong> </strong> <blockquote><span style="color: #0000ff;">Also on November 12, 2008, Blagojevich had a phone call with labor union official Tom Balanoff, who says he was in Washington, DC at the time. The governor proposed getting help from donors to President-elect Barack Obama to start an issue advocacy group he would lead. Prosecutors say Blagojevich tied this request to the Senate appointment of Valerie Jarrett when he said such a group would "help our new Senator Valerie Jarrett." (<a href="http://www.justice.gov/usao/iln/hot/us_v_blagojevich_exhibits/2010_06_24/transcript_11_12_2008_0935am.pdf">Read and listen to this call.</a>)</span></blockquote> <strong>COUNT 9 (Wire Fraud)</strong><strong> MAXIMUM PENALTY: 20 years, $250K fine ROD BLAGOJEVICH</strong> __ GUILTY‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚  __ NOT GUILTY<strong> </strong> <blockquote><span style="color: #0000ff;">This call was a bit later in the day on November 12, 2008, again between labor union official Tom Balanoff (In Washington, DC) and Blagojevich, concerning the Senate seat. (<a href="http://www.justice.gov/usao/iln/hot/us_v_blagojevich_exhibits/2010_06_29/transcript_11_12_2008_1047am.pdf">Read and listen to this call.</a>)</span></blockquote> <strong>COUNT 10 (Wire Fraud)</strong><strong> MAXIMUM PENALTY: 20 years, $250K fine ROD BLAGOJEVICH</strong> __ GUILTY‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚  __ NOT GUILTY<strong> </strong> <blockquote><span style="color: #0000ff;">On November 13, 2008, Blagojevich had a few calls with his former aide Doug Scofield, who is a lobbyist and consultant. Scofield testified he was in Michigan at the time of this call, which focused on the Senate seat and continued discussions about getting help from President-elect Barack Obama's donors to set up an issue advocacy group Blagojevich could lead. The connection between the two items, Blagojevich told Scofield, is "unsaid." (<a href="http://www.justice.gov/usao/iln/hot/us_v_blagojevich_exhibits/2010_06_30/transcript_11_13_2008_1221pm.pdf">Read and listen to this call.</a>)</span></blockquote> <strong>COUNT 11 (Wire Fraud)</strong><strong> MAXIMUM PENALTY: 20 years, $250K fine ROD BLAGOJEVICH</strong> __ GUILTY‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚  __ NOT GUILTY<strong> </strong> <blockquote><span style="color: #0000ff;">A few minutes later on November 13, 2008, Blagojevich again chatted with former aide Doug Scofield, who was in Michigan. They discussed how Blagojevich wanted Scofield to get a message to another former aide, John Wyma, who in turn was expected to pass it on to U.S. Rep. Rahm Emanuel, the future White House chief of staff. (<a href="http://www.justice.gov/usao/iln/hot/us_v_blagojevich_exhibits/2010_06_30/transcript_11_13_2008_1235pm.pdf">Read and listen to this call.</a>)</span></blockquote> <strong>COUNT 12 (Wire Fraud)</strong><strong> MAXIMUM PENALTY: 20 years, $250K fine ROD BLAGOJEVICH</strong> __ GUILTY‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚  __ NOT GUILTY<strong> </strong> <blockquote><span style="color: #0000ff;">This phone call between Blagojevich and his former chief of staff, Lon Monk, took place on December 4, 2008. Monk, a lobbyist, testified he was in Miami at the time, awaiting a connecting flight for a golf trip to the Dominican Republic. In the call, Monk advised Blagojevich to call racetrack executive John Johnston. Prosecutors allege the governor was trying to get campaign donations by leveraging his power to sign a bill favorable to the racetrack industry. Monk told the governor, "It's better if you [call Johnston,] just from a pressure point of view." (<a href="http://www.justice.gov/usao/iln/hot/us_v_blagojevich_exhibits/2010_06_14/transcript_12_04_2008_0909am.pdf">Read and listen to this call.</a>)</span></blockquote> <strong>COUNT 13 (Wire Fraud)</strong><strong> MAXIMUM PENALTY: 20 years, $250K fine ROD BLAGOJEVICH</strong> __ GUILTY‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚  __ NOT GUILTY<strong> </strong> <blockquote><span style="color: #0000ff;">On November 4, 2008, Blagojevich talked with Deputy Governor Bob Greenlee and political advisor Fred Yang on a conference call. The discussion, prosecutors point out, includes a mention of "tangible political support"¦specific amounts and everything"¦some of it up front" if Blagojevich appoints U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr., to the Senate. Yang is in Washington, DC, at the time of this call. (<a href="http://www.justice.gov/usao/iln/hot/us_v_blagojevich_exhibits/2010_07_08/transcript_12_04_2008_0209pm.pdf">Read and listen to this call.</a>)</span> <span style="color: #0000ff;">NOTE: Robert Blagojevich was indicted on Count 13 along with his brother, but prosecutors dropped the charge just before closing arguments began.</span></blockquote> <strong><a name="extortion">COUNT</a> 14 (Attempted Extortion)</strong><strong> MAXIMUM PENALTY: 20 years, $250K fine ROD BLAGOJEVICH</strong> __ GUILTY‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚  __ NOT GUILTY<strong> </strong> <blockquote><span style="color: #0000ff;">The government alleges in the above charge that Blagojevich tried to extort campaign donations in 2006 from U.S. Rep. Rahm Emanuel and his brother, by leveraging the governor's power to release a state grant to a school in Emanuel's congressional district.</span></blockquote> <strong>COUNT 15 (Attempted Extortion) </strong><strong>MAXIMUM PENALTY: 20 years, $250K fine ROD BLAGOJEVICH</strong> __ GUILTY‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚  __ NOT GUILTY<strong> </strong> <blockquote><span style="color: #0000ff;">This charge alleges Blagojevich attempted to extort campaign donations in 2008 from Children's Memorial Hospital and its CEO, Patrick Magoon, by leveraging the governor's power to suspend a pending increase in the Medicaid reimbursement rate for pediatricians.</span></blockquote> <strong>COUNT 16 (Bribery) </strong><strong>MAXIMUM PENALTY: 10 years, $250K fine </strong><strong> ROD BLAGOJEVICH</strong> __ GUILTY‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚  __ NOT GUILTY<strong> </strong> <blockquote><span style="color: #0000ff;">Also focusing on Children's Memorial Hospital, this bribery charge alleges Blagojevich "corruptly solicited and demanded" campaign donations from the hospital and Patrick Magoon.</span></blockquote> <strong>COUNT 17 (Conspiracy to Commit Extortion) </strong><strong>MAXIMUM PENALTY: 20 years, $250K fine ROD BLAGOJEVICH</strong> __ GUILTY‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚  __ NOT GUILTY<strong> </strong> <blockquote><span style="color: #0000ff;"> </span> <a href="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//cityroom_20091020_cr_1239838_Blag_large.png"><img class="size-thumbnail wp-image-32219" src="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//cityroom_20091020_cr_1239838_Blag_large-160x160.png" alt="" width="160" height="160" /></a> <span style="color: #0000ff;">This conspiracy charge relates to Blagojevich's discussions (and the subsequent acts) in 2008 with lobbyist Lon Monk, the governor's former chief of staff. The government says the two discussed leveraging Blagojevich's power to sign legislation beneficial to the racetrack industry, in order to get campaign donations from racetrack executive John Johnston.</span></blockquote> <strong>COUNT 18 (Conspiracy to Commit Bribery) </strong><strong>MAXIMUM PENALTY: 5 years, $250K fine ROD BLAGOJEVICH</strong> __ GUILTY‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚  __ NOT GUILTY<strong> </strong> <blockquote><span style="color: #0000ff;">This conspiracy charge also relates to the racetrack legislation mentioned directly above.</span></blockquote> <strong>COUNT 19 (Attempted Extortion) </strong><strong>MAXIMUM PENALTY: 20 years, $250K fine ROD BLAGOJEVICH</strong> __ GUILTY‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚  __ NOT GUILTY<strong> </strong> <blockquote><span style="color: #0000ff;">The government alleges Blagojevich tried to extort campaign donations from construction executive Gerald Krozel, by leveraging his power to push through a multi-billion dollar tollway construction plan.</span></blockquote> <strong>COUNT 20 (Bribery) </strong><strong>MAXIMUM PENALTY: 10 years, $250K fine ROD BLAGOJEVICH</strong> __ GUILTY‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚  __ NOT GUILTY<strong> </strong> <blockquote><span style="color: #0000ff;">This bribery charge relates to the attempted extortion charge immediately above, in which prosecutors say Blagojevich "corruptly solicited and demanded things of value" from construction executive Gerald Krozel in exchange for possible official action.</span></blockquote> <strong>COUNT 21 (Conspiracy to Commit Extortion) </strong><strong>MAXIMUM PENALTY: 20 years, $250K fine ROD BLAGOJEVICH</strong> __ GUILTY‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚  __ NOT GUILTY<strong> </strong> <strong>ROBERT BLAGOJEVICH</strong> __ GUILTY‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚  __ NOT GUILTY<strong> </strong> <blockquote><span style="color: #0000ff;"> </span> <a href="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//cityroom_20090708_rwildeboer_1516609_Blag_large.png"><img class="size-thumbnail wp-image-32220" title="John Harris" src="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//cityroom_20090708_rwildeboer_1516609_Blag_large-160x160.png" alt="" width="160" height="160" /></a> <span style="color: #0000ff;">This conspiracy charge relates to some of the governor's discussions (and the subsequent acts) in 2008 with his brother Robert and chief of staff John Harris. Prosecutors say Blagojevich "sought to obtain financial benefits for himself and his wife," by leveraging his power to appoint a U.S. senator.</span></blockquote> <strong>COUNT 22 (Attempted Extortion) </strong><strong>MAXIMUM PENALTY: 20 years, $250K fine ROD BLAGOJEVICH</strong> __ GUILTY‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚  __ NOT GUILTY<strong> </strong> <strong>ROBERT BLAGOJEVICH</strong> __ GUILTY‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚  __ NOT GUILTY<strong> </strong> <blockquote><span style="color: #0000ff;">This attempted extortion charge relates to the alleged efforts to profit from the U.S. Senate appointment.</span></blockquote> <strong>COUNT 23 (Conspiracy to Commit Bribery) </strong><strong>MAXIMUM PENALTY: 5 years, $250K fine ROD BLAGOJEVICH</strong> __ GUILTY __ NOT GUILTY <strong>ROBERT BLAGOJEVICH</strong> __ GUILTY __ NOT GUILTY <blockquote><span style="color: #0000ff;">This conspiracy charge relates to the alleged efforts to profit from the U.S. Senate appointment.</span></blockquote> <strong><a name="falsestatements">COUNT</a> 24 (Making a false statement or representation) </strong><strong>MAXIMUM PENALTY: 5 years, $250K fine ROD BLAGOJEVICH</strong> __ GUILTY __ NOT GUILTY <blockquote><span style="color: #0000ff;">The government alleges that, in an interview with the FBI in March of 2005, Blagojevich "knowingly and willfully [made] materially false, fictitious and fraudulent statements and representations." In order to find the ex-governor guilty of this charge, jurors need only agree unanimously on one of the following alleged offenses:</span></blockquote> <p style="padding-left: 30px;">False Statement 1 ("ROD BLAGOJEVICH has tried to maintain a firewall between politics and government.")</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;">__ COMMITTED __ NOT COMMITTED</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;">False Statement 2<strong><em> </em></strong>("ROD BLAGOJEVICH does not track, or want to know, who contributes to him or how much they are contributing to him.")</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;">__ COMMITTED __ NOT COMMITTED</p></p> Thu, 12 Aug 2010 13:45:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/blagojevich-trial-verdict-form-which-charges-are-stumping-jurors Former Congressman Dan Rostenkowski Dies: The End of an Era http://www.wbez.org/blog/former-congressman-dan-rostenkowski-dies-end-era <p><img class="size-full wp-image-33633" title="Dan Rostenkowski" src="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//AP9406090440-rostenkowski_blog.jpg" alt="" width="496" height="510" /><code><div></div></code> <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/12/us/politics/12rostenkowski.html">The obituaries are pouring in,</a> reacting to the news that Chicagoan Dan Rostenkowski, the former long-time Illinois Congressman and powerful Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee,‚ has died. To some, his passing may seem like a mere footnote now, coming as it does some 16 years after he was voted out of office and after he ultimately served time in prison on charges stemming from his abuse of House privileges. But for students of Chicago politics - indeed, politics in general - Rostenkowski's death symbolizes the end of an era.<!--break--> It's an era in Chicago that was marked by ethnic power-bases, strong party organizations,‚ pragmatism over ideology, backroom deals, and bringing home the bacon.‚  And few played the game in this era better or more powerfully than Rosty. His political acumen and his mastery of the art of the deal allowed him to win friends on both sides of the aisle and to deliver billions for Illinois projects.‚ ‚  Along the way, it also earned him a spot as chairman of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee where he became arguably one of the most influential lawmakers in the last half of the 20th century.‚  Without a doubt, Rosty was one of Chicago's greatest allies ever to serve on Capitol Hill. <img class="size-medium wp-image-33647" title="StStan1957" src="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//StStan1957-300x211.jpg" alt="" width="300" height="211" /> <code> </code> Rostenkowski represented Illinois' 5th U.S. Congressional District for 36 years - from 1959 until 1995.‚ ‚  He was the son of a powerful Chicago Alderman who grew up in a near-northwest neighborhood so heavily Polish it was once known as "Polish Downtown".‚  He remained true to the neighborhood throughout his life - and to his home parish of St. Stanislaus Kostka - where lore holds that planners routed the building of the Kennedy Expressway around the church in order to avoid its destruction.‚  It's only fitting that funeral services for Rostenkowski will take place there on Monday. <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lindsayfotos/3410071867/"><img class="size-full wp-image-33655" title="Swim Cafe" src="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//Swim-Cafe.jpg" alt="" width="240" height="92" /></a><code><div></div></code> But like many things, the old Polish neighborhood isn't so Polish anymore.‚  And it isn't so old either.‚  Hip boutiques, new cafes, hot nightspots, young execs and granite-laden condos have sprouted up in the area now known variously as "East Village", "Ukranian Village", and "West Town", among others. And the game in Washington changed too.‚  The art of the deal and the art of compromise have been replaced by displays of partisanship and ideological purity.‚  The ground game has been replaced by the "air" game.‚  And the traditional ways of dispensing political favors and favoritism are, well, out of favor. Late in life, Rosty often said that his biggest regret is that he'd be known not for all the legislation he helped pass, but for <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/1996/07/23/us/rostenkowski-enters-prison-and-hospital.html?n=Top%2fReference%2fTimes%20Topics%2fPeople%2fR%2fRostenkowski%2c%20Dan">his guilty plea</a> to mail fraud charges stemming from the <a href="http://www.usnews.com/usnews/opinion/articles/940530/archive_012941.htm">House Post Office Scandal</a>. Richard Cohen noted these and many other changes in his 1999 biography entitled <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1566632544?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=youwonnowwhat&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=1566632544">Rostenkowski:‚  The Pursuit of Power and the End of the Old Politics.</a> I interviewed him on <a href="http://www.wbez.org/audio_library/848_ra99.asp#october99">Eight Forty-Eight</a> in October 27,1999 and Cohen told me that in many respects Rostenkowski's fall from grace was less a fall precipitated by a man intent on abusing power, and more the fall of a man who played a game whose rules had simply changed.‚  The old game had passed him by - and the new game was entirely different. For Rosty, the game came to an end in 1994.‚  His own problems, coupled with a national wave of mid-term anger against Congressional Democrats and first-term President Bill Clinton, paved the way for an upset by <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Patrick_Flanagan">Republican newcomer Michael Flanagan</a>.‚  The defeat made national news - and came to symbolize the wave election for the GOP that year. Two years later, though, the seat returned to Democratic hands.‚  The victor?‚  Rod Blagojevich.</p> Wed, 11 Aug 2010 14:13:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/former-congressman-dan-rostenkowski-dies-end-era Waiting for a Blago verdict: Wildeboer jams with Mavis Staples http://www.wbez.org/agill/2010/08/waiting-for-a-blago-verdict-wildeboer-jams-with-mavis-staples/33558 <p>Reporters covering the Rod Blagojevich trial have been waiting for a verdict for ten days now. While most reporters <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/news/marin/2575142,CST-EDT-carol08.article" target="blank">hang out at the courthouse reviewing and re-reviewing (and re-re-reviewing) the documents in the case</a>, our Criminal Justice reporter Rob Wildeboer has found a more exciting way to pass the time- playing gospel tunes with Mavis Staples! Take that, Eric Zorn! <br> <object width="500" height="281"><param name="allowfullscreen" value="true" /><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><param name="movie" value="http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=14041791&amp;server=vimeo.com&amp;show_title=0&amp;show_byline=0&amp;show_portrait=0&amp;color=ab050d&amp;fullscreen=1&amp;autoplay=0&amp;loop=0" /><embed src="http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=14041791&amp;server=vimeo.com&amp;show_title=0&amp;show_byline=0&amp;show_portrait=0&amp;color=ab050d&amp;fullscreen=1&amp;autoplay=0&amp;loop=0" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" width="500" height="281"></embed></object></p> Wed, 11 Aug 2010 10:08:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/agill/2010/08/waiting-for-a-blago-verdict-wildeboer-jams-with-mavis-staples/33558 Blagojevich Flashback: Timeline & turning points in political career (Part 1: 1980-1999) http://www.wbez.org/blog/blagojevich-flashback-timeline-turning-points-political-career-part-1-1980-1999 <p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="WBEZ/file" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-25179" src="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//cityroom_20090109_bcalhoun_1649330_Blag_large.png" title="Blagojevich" width="443" height="394"><code> </code></p><p>We begin a multi-part look at key turning points in the political career of former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich:</p><p><strong>1980: Blagojevich meets Richard Nixon</strong> <strong><strong><img alt="" class="size-medium wp-image-33060" src="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//Blago-Nixon-300x219.png" style="width: 261px; height: 191px; float: left; margin: 5px;" title="Blago &amp; Nixon"></strong></strong> During the summer before law school, Blagojevich and a friend awake at 4:30am on their first visit to New York so that Blagojevich can stand watch outside the home of former President Richard M. Nixon, in the hopes of meeting him and securing an autograph.‚&nbsp; <a href="http://http://www.huffingtonpost.com/carol-felsenthal/blago-on-one-of-his-favor_b_156697.html">As Blagojevich told Chicago Magazine's Carol Felsenthal</a>, he's a fan of presidential history and Nixon in particular.</p><p><strong>1983: Gets job with Chicago Alderman Edward Vrdolyak</strong> <img alt="" class="size-medium wp-image-31596" src="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//AP070510020814-Vrdolyak-300x300.jpg" style="width: 167px; height: 167px; float: right; margin: 5px;" title="Vrdolyak Indictment"> Thanks to help from his father, Blagojevich begins work in the law office of then-powerful Chicago Alderman Ed Vrdolyak as a law clerk during the infamous Council Wars era.</p><p><strong>1986: Joins Cook County State's Attorney's office</strong> Blagojevich gets a job as an Assistant State's Attorney in Cook County during Richard M. Daley's tenure as Cook County State's Attorney. Works as a traffic court prosecutor and on <a href="http://www.biography.com/articles/Rod-Blagojevich-392652">felony weapons and domestic abuse cases</a>.</p><p><strong>1990: Marries Patti Mell</strong> Two years after meeting her at a fundraiser for powerful Chicago Alderman Dick Mell, Blagojevich marries Mell's daughter Patti.</p><p><strong>November 3, 1992: Wins election to Illinois House</strong> With advice and support from his new father-in-law, Chicago Alderman Dick Mell, Blagojevich challenges and <a href="/shudzik/2009/12/whatever-happened-to-that-politician-the-blagojevich-casualties-edition/9978#more-9978">defeats incumbent Democrat Myron Kulas</a> to win a seat in the Illinois House of Representatives.</p><p><strong>November 3, 1996: Elected to U.S. House</strong> After two terms in the Illinois General Assembly Blagojevich <a href="/shudzik/2009/12/whatever-happened-to-that-politician-the-blagojevich-casualties-edition/9978#more-9978">defeats Republican Michael Flannagan</a> to win back the 5th U.S. Congressional District Seat for the Democrats. That's the same seat long held by powerful Chicago Democrat and former Chair of the House Ways and Means Committee Dan Rostenkowski. It's also the same seat later held by now Obama Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel.</p><p><strong>May 1, 1999: Joins Rev Jesse Jackson to negotiate release of POWs</strong> Accompanies the Reverend Jesse Jackson on trip to Yugoslavia that successfully negotiates the release of 3 U.S. soldiers held prisoner there. As part of the negotiations, <a href="http://theboard.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/12/22/odd-moments-in-history/">Blagojevich meets with Jackson and with Yugoslavian President Slobodan Milosivic</a>. Trip captures international news and raises Blagojevich's public profile.</p><p><em><a href="/sedwards/2010/08/blagojevich-flashback-timeline-turning-points-in-political-career-part-2-2001-2005/33362">Click here for Part 2: 2001-2005</a></em></p></p> Tue, 10 Aug 2010 13:30:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/blagojevich-flashback-timeline-turning-points-political-career-part-1-1980-1999