| May 3, 2011
| 3:09 PM
The first day of testimony closed with prosecutors playing what could be described as Rod Blagojevich’s “I have a dream” wiretap, though the sentiments expressed by the then-governor on Nov. 5, 2008, were considerably less noble than...
| Jul 13, 2010
| 7:48 PM
John Wyma had been a close friend and ally of Rod Blagojevich's for years, serving as his chief of staff when he was in Congress, his political director during his first run for governor, and an adviser and fundraiser once Blagojevich won election. But...
| Jul 15, 2010
Over the six weeks that prosecutors laid out their case against Rod Blagojevich, witnesses and secret wiretaps portrayed the former governor as extravagant, obsessed with his own looks and image, a lousy steward of his family finances, near-delusional...
| Jul 16, 2010
They helped Rod Blagojevich ascend to the top of state government, and they cooperated with federal agents in bringing him down.
In between, the three former confidants made lucrative careers for themselves by trading on their access to the Democratic...
| Aug 13, 2010
| 10:51 AM
A summerlong trial that has provided more than its share of twists and turns offered one more Wednesday: a divided jury unable to reach a unanimous decision on at least some of the corruption counts against former Gov. Rod Blagojevich or his brother,...
| Jul 2, 2011
As a candidate and as governor, Rod Blagojevich loved to toss around the word "corrupt" as he heaped scorn on the business-as-usual nature of Illinois politics. So his reaction to the 2006 conviction of his predecessor, George Ryan, was totally in...
| Jul 12, 2011
| 11:23 AM
A former Joliet landfill owner who was in the middle of an infamous spat between Rod Blagojevich and his father-in-law, powerful Chicago Ald. Richard Mell, pleaded guilty today to tax evasion.
Frank Schmidt, 40, of Glenview, admitted he tried to evade...
| Oct 19, 2011
Attorneys for Springfield power broker William Cellini, on trial for attempted extortion, spent much of Tuesday trying to suggest to the jury that the prosecution's case hinges on the interpretations of a star government witness burdened by a deeply...
| Oct 19, 2011
| 2:00 AM
Attorneys for Springfield power broker William Cellini, on trial for attempted extortion, could wrap up their cross-examination of the government's star witness today.
Stuart Levine has been on the witness stand for five days. Cellini's attorneys spent...
| Oct 19, 2011
| 7:24 PM
Springfield power broker William Cellini and Hollywood producer Thomas Rosenberg, a Chicago real estate mogul who made it big in Hollywood, often crossed paths and shared much in common over the years, including deep political ties and a powerful reach...
| Oct 21, 2011
When his multimillion-dollar deal at the Illinois teacher pension board suddenly stalled in Springfield seven years ago, Hollywood producer Thomas Rosenberg turned to an old friend for help.
William Cellini, a Springfield power broker whom Rosenberg knew...