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Blagojevich appeals conviction, 14-year sentenceupdated: Wed Dec 21 2011 08:24:00

Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is appealing his corruption conviction and 14-year prison sentence, according to a notice filed by his attorneys late Tuesday.

Blagojevich surrender date delayedupdated: Tue Dec 13 2011 13:56:00

Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich on Tuesday won a one-month extension before he begins serving a 14-year prison term.

Blagojevich gets 14 years in prison for corruptionupdated: Wed Dec 07 2011 18:25:00

A federal judge sentenced former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich to 14 years in prison for corruption Wednesday.

Rod Blagojevich gets 14 yearsupdated: Wed Dec 07 2011 18:25:00

Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich is sentenced to 14 years in federal prison for corruption.

Facing up to 20 years, Blagojevich asks for mercyupdated: Tue Dec 06 2011 21:21:00

Attorneys for former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who faces up to 20 years in prison for corruption, said Tuesday the possible penalty is excessive and asked the judge to show mercy.

Sentencing hearing for ex-Illinois Gov. Blagojevich begins Tuesday updated: Tue Dec 06 2011 14:00:00

The sentencing hearing for Rod Blagojevich is set to begin Tuesday, six months after the former Illinois governor was convicted of 17 public corruption charges.

Feds seek up to 20 years for Blagojevichupdated: Wed Nov 30 2011 13:19:00

Federal prosecutors are asking that former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich be sentenced to 15 to 20 years in prison.

Blagojevich lawyers aim to try, try, try againupdated: Tue Jul 26 2011 16:34:00

Lawyers for former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich have filed in federal court a laundry list of alleged errors in his retrial -- which ended last month in his conviction on public corruption charges -- and asked for yet another trial.

People.com: Rod Blagojevich 'Stunned' by Guilty Verdictupdated: Tue Jun 28 2011 13:08:00

Blagojevich could face 20 years for being convicted of 17 criminal counts

Blagojevich convicted on corruption chargesupdated: Mon Jun 27 2011 20:54:00

Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich was convicted Monday on 17 of the 20 public corruption charges against him related to his attempt to sell the U.S. Senate seat held by Barack Obama before he resigned to become president.

Rowlands: Blagojevich clearly upsetupdated: Mon Jun 27 2011 20:54:00

CNN's Ted Rowlands describes the emotion in the courtroom as Rod Blagojevich heard his guilty verdict on 17 counts.

Blagojevich jury returns to deliberate in corruption retrialupdated: Mon Jun 20 2011 00:21:00

Federal jurors at the retrial of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich return Monday to resume deliberations. It will be the sixth day of deliberations in the corruption case against him.

Blagojevich jury enters 5th day of deliberationsupdated: Thu Jun 16 2011 01:29:00

Federal jurors at the retrial of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich will begin their fifth day of deliberations Thursday in the corruption case against him.

Blagojevich case goes to juryupdated: Thu Jun 16 2011 01:29:00

Jurors are set to deliberate in the retrial of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich in the corruption case against him.

Jury set to begin deliberations in retrial of ex-governor Blagojevichupdated: Fri Jun 10 2011 07:55:00

Federal jurors at the retrial of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich will begin deliberations Friday in the corruption case against him.

Ex-Illinois governor set to face trial again on corruption chargesupdated: Fri Apr 29 2011 16:23:00

About eight months after a jury failed to come to an agreement on all but one of 24 charges levied against Rod Blagojevich, another such panel will convene starting Monday to consider the fate of the former Illinois governor turned reality TV star.

Blagojevich seeks release of Obama's FBI interviewupdated: Mon Apr 04 2011 20:05:00

Lawyers for former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich are asking a federal judge to order the government to turn over summaries of a December 2008 FBI interview with then President-elect Barack Obama.

Puppy survives euthanasiaupdated: Sat Mar 05 2011 01:07:00

A puppy that was euthanatized and declared dead survives and gets a new home.

Across the country: Blago gets a new gig; vendors sell illegal cheeseupdated: Sat Mar 05 2011 01:07:00

Here is a quick glimpse of some of this week's quirky stories that you may have missed, courtesy of our CNN affiliates.

Source: Judge approves dropping 3 charges against Blagojevichupdated: Thu Feb 24 2011 17:30:00

A federal judge is set to formally approve three criminal counts being dropped from the corruption case of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, a judicial source in Chicago told CNN.

Trial delayed for Rod Blagojevich, accused of selling Senate seatupdated: Sat Oct 23 2010 09:14:00

The second edition of the federal corruption trial of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich has been pushed back to spring, a court spokesman said.

Blagojevich wants lone guilty verdict thrown outupdated: Tue Sep 14 2010 13:42:00

Lawyers for former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich on Tuesday filed a motion to throw out his lone conviction from a corruption trial against him earlier this year.

Blagojevich won't rule out political comebackupdated: Tue Aug 24 2010 08:51:00

Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich said Sunday that he is not ruling out a return to politics once the legal process against him winds down.

Blagojevich blasts federal governmentupdated: Wed Aug 18 2010 11:09:00

Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich goes after federal prosecutors for "wasting taxpayer resources" on trying to convict him.

Blagojevich jurors go home again with no verdictupdated: Mon Aug 16 2010 21:07:00

Jurors deliberating the fate of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich finished the day Monday without a verdict after asking the judge for the transcript of the testimony of Blagojevich's former deputy governor.

Waiting game continues in Blagojevich trialupdated: Fri Aug 13 2010 05:40:00

If the Rod Blagojevich trial were a movie, it could be called Lost in Deliberation.

Waiting on the Blagojevich verdictupdated: Fri Aug 13 2010 05:40:00

In Session explains why it's taking the jury so long to reach a verdict in Rod Blagojevich's corruption trial.

Blagojevich jury agrees on two counts, but not on othersupdated: Thu Aug 12 2010 18:43:00

A federal jury weighing the fate of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich in his corruption trial told the judge on Thursday it has reached unanimous agreement on two of the 24 counts, but cannot agree on 11 others and has yet to consider the rest.

Blagojevich: It's in the jury's handsupdated: Mon Aug 02 2010 18:24:00

Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich waits as jurors begin to deliberate in his corruption trial.

Blagojevich eager for trial to startupdated: Tue Jun 08 2010 14:13:00

Opening statements in the federal criminal trial of embattled former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich are set to begin Tuesday.

Source: Administration officials subpoenaed in Blagojevich trialupdated: Thu Jun 03 2010 16:59:00

Two senior members of President Barack Obama's administration have been subpoenaed as witnesses in the federal corruption trial of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, which begins Thursday in a federal courtroom in Chicago, Illinois.

Patti Blagojevich defends husbandupdated: Thu Jun 03 2010 16:59:00

Supporters gather as former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich arrives for the first day of trial on corruption charges.

Details of prosecution case against Blagojevich revealedupdated: Thu Apr 15 2010 10:58:00

Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich and his inner circle engaged in a near-constant conspiracy of extortion and kickbacks after his 2002 election, according to a court document released Wednesday that reveals details of the allegations against him.

Senate Ethics Committee clears Illinois senator of legal wrongdoingupdated: Fri Nov 20 2009 12:41:00

The Senate Ethics Committee issued a letter Friday clearing embattled Illinois Sen. Roland Burris of any legal wrongdoing.

Key Blagojevich player is dead, ex-governor saysupdated: Sun Sep 13 2009 10:15:00

Christopher Kelly, former chief fundraiser for ex-Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, has died, according to the ex-governor and a hospital official.

Burris won't seek Senate seat in 2010updated: Sat Jul 11 2009 00:07:00

Sen. Roland Burris, D-Illinois, announced Friday that he will not run for a full six-year term next year.

Burris won't face perjury charges for Blagojevich testimonyupdated: Fri Jun 19 2009 18:14:00

Sen. Roland Burris will not face state perjury charges in connection with his sworn testimony about an alleged "pay-for-play" scheme to fill the U.S. Senate seat vacated by President Obama, an Illinois state prosecutor said Friday.

Blagojevich indicted on 16 federal felony chargesupdated: Tue Jun 02 2009 15:33:00

Impeached former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who was arrested in December on charges of conspiracy and fraud, was indicted Thursday on 16 felony counts by a federal grand jury, the U.S. attorney's office said.

People.com: Rod Blagojevich Hopes to Make It Real on TVupdated: Sat Apr 25 2009 14:36:00

In promoting I'm a Celebrity ... Get Me Out of Here! the disgraced politician is looking for work

Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. says he's cooperating with ethics probeupdated: Wed Apr 08 2009 16:16:00

Illinois Democratic Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. said Wednesday he is cooperating with a preliminary congressional ethics investigation into whether he was involved in possibly improper efforts to secure President Obama's vacant Senate seat.

Blagojevich: 'I'm going to clear my name'updated: Wed Feb 04 2009 03:02:00

Rod Blagojevich, the former governor of Illinois, is still declaring his innocence, despite facing a criminal trial and the prospect of prison.

Blagojevich oustedupdated: Fri Jan 30 2009 14:16:00

Campbell Brown talks with a panel about their reaction to the impeachment trial and conviction of Governor Rod Blagojevich.

New Illinois governor sworn inupdated: Fri Jan 30 2009 10:41:00

Democrat Pat Quinn is sworn in as Illinois' new governor, replacing Rod Blagojevich.

Blagojevich's name, image removed from state Capitolupdated: Fri Jan 30 2009 10:41:00

Workers at the Illinois Capitol building wasted little time Thursday night changing the face of state government, shortly after Gov. Pat Quinn replaced the ousted Rod Blagojevich.

Blagojevich 'not surprised'updated: Thu Jan 29 2009 21:44:00

Rod Blagojevich says he is 'saddened and disappointed' by the Illinois senate verdict but wasn't surprised by it.

Illinois senators vote to oust Blagojevich from officeupdated: Thu Jan 29 2009 21:44:00

The Illinois Senate on Thursday voted unanimously to remove impeached Gov. Rod Blagojevich from office.

Blagojevich wants to speak at impeachment trial, lawmaker saysupdated: Wed Jan 28 2009 17:25:00

Embattled Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich wants to speak at his impeachment hearing before the state Senate on Thursday if lawmakers allow him to do so, Senate President John Cullerton said Wednesday.

Blagojevich tapes playedupdated: Wed Jan 28 2009 17:25:00

Phone recordings between Gov. Rod Blagojevich and a lobbyist are played during at Blagojevich's impeachement trial.

Campbell interviews Blagojevichupdated: Tue Jan 27 2009 22:53:00

Campbell Brown interviews Gov. Rod Blagojevich as his impeachment trial gets under way.

Blagojevich tells CNN's Brown he's innocentupdated: Tue Jan 27 2009 22:53:00

While the Illinois Legislature continued impeachment hearings on him Tuesday, Democratic Gov. Rod Blagojevich continued to make the rounds of the media. He spoke to CNN's Campbell Brown about the hearings and the federal criminal charges against him. Here are excerpts of the interview:

'I've done nothing wrong'updated: Tue Jan 27 2009 21:17:00

Gov. Rod Blagojevich tells CNN's Larry King that he'll "fight until the very end" to prove he did nothing wrong.

Blagojevich continues media tour as trial proceedsupdated: Tue Jan 27 2009 21:17:00

Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich was absent again Tuesday from his Senate impeachment trial, but state senators who will decide whether to remove him from office heard him loud and clear on FBI recordings of his phone calls.

Blagojevich: 'Give me a chance'updated: Tue Jan 27 2009 15:27:00

Larry King talks with embattled Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich about why he is boycotting his own impeachment trial.

Blagojevich takes his case to TV circuitupdated: Tue Jan 27 2009 15:27:00

As Gov. Rod Blagojevich's impeachment trial proceedings got under way Monday, the embattled Illinois governor hit the media circuit, answering questions about Oprah, foul language and why he isn't resigning.

Impeachment trial begins for Illinois governorupdated: Mon Jan 26 2009 14:01:00

The Illinois state Senate on Monday began its impeachment trial against Gov. Rod Blagojevich without the governor present.

Blagojevich's lead defense lawyer to resignupdated: Mon Jan 26 2009 07:04:00

Prominent Chicago defense lawyer Ed Genson said Friday he intends to resign as attorney for embattled Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich in the criminal case against the governor.

Impeachment 'not a surprise'updated: Fri Jan 09 2009 19:18:00

Democratic Gov. Rod Blagojevich says he is not surprised by the Illinois House impeachment vote.

Governor says impeachment vote is politically drivenupdated: Fri Jan 09 2009 19:18:00

Hours after being impeached by an overwhelming vote in the Illinois House of Representatives, a defiant Gov. Rod Blagojevich proclaimed Friday that he was not guilty of impeachable offenses and would fight "every step of the way."

Burris denies any quid pro quo for Senate appointmentupdated: Thu Jan 08 2009 21:53:00

Roland Burris on Thursday denied any quid pro quo with Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich for his appointment to the U.S. Senate during testimony before a panel weighing whether to impeach Blagojevich.

Panel recommends impeaching Blagojevichupdated: Thu Jan 08 2009 21:11:00

An Illinois legislative committee Thursday unanimously recommended impeaching embattled Gov. Rod Blagojevich amid corruption allegations.

Commentary: Deal with it; Burris is a senatorupdated: Wed Jan 07 2009 10:11:00

It is total hypocrisy for the naysayers of embattled Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich to assert that he didn't have the legal right to appoint Roland Burris to fill the U.S. Senate seat vacated by President-elect Barack Obama.

Commentary: Thank you, Gov. Blagojevichupdated: Fri Jan 02 2009 08:21:00

Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is growing on me. You see, I like chutzpah and I don't mind chaos.

Analysis: Constitutional fight looms over Senate seatupdated: Thu Jan 01 2009 20:06:00

The U.S. Senate is considered the most exclusive legislative body in the country, and members of its majority say they will not accept Roland Burris -- tapped by embattled Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich to fill a vacant seat -- into their own.

Blagojevich playing a game of racial 'chicken'?updated: Wed Dec 31 2008 13:08:00

Gov. Rod Blagojevich's pick of a prominent African-American to succeed Barack Obama in the Senate has led to suggestions that the move is calculated, but the governor says he's just doing his job.

Obama chides Illinois governor's decision to fill Senate seatupdated: Wed Dec 31 2008 03:01:00

President-elect Barack Obama said Tuesday it is disappointing that Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich ignored warnings from Senate Democrats about appointing a successor to his Senate seat.

Blagojevich's pick Burris has long political historyupdated: Tue Dec 30 2008 22:04:00

Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's pick to fill Barack Obama's U.S. Senate seat was the first African-American to be elected to statewide office in Illinois, winning the first of three terms as comptroller in 1978.

Panel investigating Blagojevich won't subpoena Obama advisersupdated: Sun Dec 28 2008 16:23:00

After being told by prosecutors that their testimony could jeopardize the ongoing criminal investigation, the Illinois House panel considering impeachment charges against Gov. Rod Blagojevich will not subpoena advisers to President-elect Barack Obama, the panel's chairwoman said Sunday.

Blagojevich's troublesupdated: Sun Dec 28 2008 16:23:00

The panel looking into possibly impeaching Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich meets on Monday.

Poll: Illinois governor named naughtiest politician of 2008updated: Sat Dec 27 2008 00:38:00

A new national poll suggests Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich could be on the top of Santa's naughty list.

Obama talked to prosecutors about Blagojevich, report saysupdated: Tue Dec 23 2008 17:37:00

President-elect Barack Obama last week talked to federal prosecutors investigating Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, according to an internal report the Obama transition team released Tuesday.

Blagojevich: 'I'm not guilty'updated: Mon Dec 22 2008 15:55:00

Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich says he isn't guilty of any criminal wrongdoing, and intends to remain in office.

Illinois governor: 'I have done nothing wrong'updated: Fri Dec 19 2008 16:38:00

Embattled Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich vowed Friday to fight federal corruption charges and stay on the job, despite calls for his resignation amid allegations that he attempted to sell President-elect Barack Obama's former Senate seat.

Blagojevich tells reporters to 'hang loose'updated: Wed Dec 17 2008 16:08:00

Embattled Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich said Wednesday that he "can't wait to begin to tell my side of the story."

IL impeachment panel beginsupdated: Wed Dec 17 2008 16:08:00

The Illinois impeachment committee's timetable may depend on prosecutors, CNN's Brian Todd reports.

Commentary: Illinois voters should blame themselvesupdated: Tue Dec 16 2008 12:31:00

In the glow of his election victory in fall 2002, Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich stood on the stage at the victory celebration held in the steel mill where his father had worked and promised "reform and renewal," and an "end to business as usual."

Lawyer: I don't think Illinois governor will resignupdated: Mon Dec 15 2008 21:50:00

The attorney for embattled Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich said Monday night that he does not believe Blagojevich will resign.

'Incapable of governing'updated: Fri Dec 12 2008 18:08:00

The Illinois Attorney General files a motion with the state's supreme court to remove Gov. Rod Blagojevich from office.

Illinois attorney general asks court to act on governorupdated: Fri Dec 12 2008 18:08:00

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan on Friday asked her state's highest court to remove Gov. Rod Blagojevich from office temporarily.

Commentary: I know what Illinois governor feels like nowupdated: Fri Dec 12 2008 09:41:00

If anyone knows how Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich feels right now, I do.

Commentary: What went right in Illinois scandalupdated: Fri Dec 12 2008 08:12:00

Federal prosecutors say they've uncovered a "political corruption crime spree" involving Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who allegedly hatched a variety of bribery schemes to enrich himself and his family while silencing critics.

Impeachment of Illinois governor pushedupdated: Thu Dec 11 2008 23:30:00

Key Illinois Democratic legislators are circulating a letter urging support for the impeachment of Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who was arrested this week on federal corruption charges relating in part to the selection of President-elect Barack Obama's successor as a U.S. senator.

Blagojevich 'kiss of death'?updated: Thu Dec 11 2008 21:09:00

CNN's Campbell Brown looks at the legal and ethical implications of the case against Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich.

The governor's wifeupdated: Thu Dec 11 2008 19:44:00

CNN's Susan Roesgen reports on the role of the governor's wife as gleaned from the telephone wiretaps.

Illinois first lady scrutinized before husband arrestedupdated: Thu Dec 11 2008 19:44:00

Despite Patricia Blagojevich's myriad charitable endeavors, she is now thought of as the goading voice in the background of a November phone call taped by the FBI.

Commentary: Idea of selling Senate seat is delusionalupdated: Thu Dec 11 2008 13:30:00

Four words: Are you kidding me?

'Are you kidding me?'updated: Thu Dec 11 2008 13:30:00

Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is accused of trying to sell Barack Obama's Senate seat. CNN's Campbell Brown reports.

Land of Lincoln once again mired in political controversyupdated: Wed Dec 10 2008 19:28:00

Illinois state politics read more like a script from "The Sopranos" than a page out of the history books.

Senate choice could be taken out of Illinois governor's handsupdated: Wed Dec 10 2008 14:54:00

Illinois lawmakers were quickly moving to take the decision of who will replace President-elect Barack Obama in the Senate out of the hands of Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

Commentary: What was Blagojevich thinking?updated: Wed Dec 10 2008 14:47:00

In the great annals of "What Was He Thinking?" (political edition), the case of Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich sets a new standard -- for its breathtaking stupidity, venality and illegality.

Illinois governor back at work after corruption arrestupdated: Wed Dec 10 2008 14:27:00

Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich returned to work Wednesday, a day after his arrest on federal corruption charges related in part to the selection of a successor to Barack Obama's former Senate seat.

Blagojevich under fireupdated: Wed Dec 10 2008 14:27:00

FBI says tapes reveal Illinois' governor wanted to exchange Obama's Senate seat for personal benefits.

Blagojevich free on $4,500 bail after arrestupdated: Tue Dec 09 2008 22:01:00

Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich appeared in court Tuesday afternoon to hear federal corruption charges against him. He was released on $4,500 bail.

Details from Rod Blagojevich's 74-page affidavitupdated: Tue Dec 09 2008 20:59:00

Democratic Gov. Rod Blagojevich and his chief of staff, John Harris, face corruption charges in a scandal that encompassed the Chicago Cubs, President-elect Barack Obama's vacated Senate seat and a children's hospital, according to an affidavit.

Illinois governor taken into custodyupdated: Tue Dec 09 2008 10:54:00

Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is in federal custody on corruption charges, a law enforcement official said Tuesday.

Time.com: How to Remember a Massacreupdated: Thu Feb 28 2008 17:15:00

Critics deride Illinois' plan to spend $40 million to raze the building where the NIU mass murders took place

Blagojevich's prescription for a winning issueupdated: Fri Aug 20 2004 16:01:00

Defying the federal government is risky for a politician. But if it's the right cause, it can make you look like a hero -- and even get you the political Play of the Week.

Illinois governor clashes with his own partyupdated: Fri Jun 04 2004 14:44:00

Gov. Rod Blagojevich came into office as the charming replacement for an unpopular veteran of old-school politics. A youthful, Elvis-loving Democrat, he promised a new era of ethics and bipartisanship.

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