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Tag: Gov. Rod Blagojevich

Sen. Roland Burris Defends Himself About Gov. Blago’s Campaign Solicitation

Gov. Blago’s Image Quickly Wiped Clean from Official State Website

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Well, that didn’t take long.
Not long after the state Senate booted Gov. Rod Blagojevich out of office Thursday afternoon , the state of Illinois wiped clean his image on the official website and declared Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn the new man in charge.
Here’s the message on the Governor’s home page on the website:

SPRINGFIELD – January 29, 2009. Former Lieutenant Governor Pat Quinn has become the 41st Governor of the State of Illinois, having taken the Oath of Office at 5:40 p.m. on Thursday, January 29, 2009 The Oath of Office was administered by Illinois Supreme Court Justice Anne Burke in a brief ceremony in the Chamber of the Illinois House of Representatives.
“I pledge an open and fair state government worthy of being called the Land of Lincoln,” Quinn said. “The people of Illinois have the right to expect integrity and diligence from their elected officials.”
On Thursday, the Illinois Senate convicted Governor Blagojevich on Articles of Impeachment the House passed earlier this month. Therefore, under Article V, Section 6 ( c ) of the Constitution of the State of Illinois, the Lt. Governor assumes all duties and powers of Governor.
“In the coming days, we will face some tough choices. I am confident that by working together we will meet these challenges to emerge a much stronger and vibrant state.”
Governor Quinn reminds Illinois citizens of President Abraham Lincoln’s immortal words: “Government of the people, by the people, and for the people shall not perish from this earth.”

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Gov. Blago To Ill. Senate: “I’m Not Resigning”

Gov. Blago stuck to the script: Defiant and bold to the end.

BY CHRIS FUSCO and DAVE McKINNEY
Chicago Sun-Times
SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Blagojevich, making a final plea to the Illinois Senate to avoid being thrown out of office as early as this afternoon, declared this morning “I want to apologize to you guys, but I can’t; I did nothing wrong.”
The governor spoke for about 50 minutes, ending his statement at 11:55 a.m. Near the end, he told the senators, “I am not resigning.”
The governor, who kissed his wife goodbye at their Northwest Side front door before flying to Springfield to plead his case, was escorted into the Senate chamber at 11:05 a.m. by the senate’s sergeant at arms. That came after House prosecutor David Ellis made his closing statement to Illinois senators, the jurors of the governor’s fate.

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Legal Observers Say Gov. Blago’s Media Blitz Could Hurt Him in Court

Gov. Blago is creating a nightmare scenario for any attorney who will have to defend him in court. There’s two words you never seem to hear from the guy: “No comment”.

BY NATASHA KORECKI
Chicago Sun-Times
CHICAGO — Gov. Blagojevich’s media blitz might make him feel better about his case, but all those recent high-profile interviews are likely to come back to bite him in a big way, experienced defense lawyers say.
That’s because any statement the governor makes about his case could be used against him by prosecutors at a future trial.
But it isn’t a two-way street. Blagojevich’s lawyers can’t play the governor’s proclamations of innocence to jurors, said defense lawyer Joel Levin.
Since last week, Blagojevich has appeared on radio shows and national television programs including “The View,” and “Larry King Live.” Blagojevich likened his situation to the jailing of peace and civil rights leaders and made references to the charges.
“Given that he doesn’t know all the evidence against him, there’s tremendous risk in what he’s doing,” said Levin, who prosecuted ex-Gov. George Ryan. “Some of the statements . . . might fit nicely into the theories [prosecutors] are laying out.”

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FBI May Have Recorded Up to 50 Conversations Between Gov. Blagojevich and Brother

It appears Gov. Rod Blagojevich isn’t the only family member facing more embarrassing moments. The FBI apparently recorded dozens of conversations between the Gov and his brother Robert.

BY NATASHA KORECKI
Chicago Sun-Times
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CHICAGO — The governor’s brother, Robert Blagojevich, now says he was probably caught on secret government wiretaps as many as 50 times.
In a court filing today, his lawyer Michael Ettinger said he might seek to have all of those secret tapes kept out of court but needs more information before he decides to do so.
Prosecutors have sought to make one of the recordings involving Robert Blagojevich public at the upcoming Senate impeachment trial of his brother, Gov. Blagojevich. Ettinger and Ed Genson, one of the governor’s lawyers, oppose their release and have said they might seek to suppress all of the secret recordings.
A judge had asked to hear the reasons for throwing out the recordings before deciding whether to release some of them for the impeachment trial.
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Chicago Sun-Times Indentifies More Names in Document Charging Gov. Blagojevich

Like so many of the political corruption documents filed by U.S. Attorneys, this one is filled with words like “individuals” and “advisers”. The Chicago Sun-Times took the time to figure out who the individuals were behind those rather vague descriptions.

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Gov. Blagojevich/gov. photo

BY CHRIS FUSCO, NATASHA KORECKI, TIM NOVAK AND DAVE MCKINNEY
Chicago Sun-Times
CHICAGO — The Illinois Senate is poised to remove Gov. Blagojevich from office next month in the wake of the criminal charges that U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald announced Dec. 9.
The criminal complaint against the governor cites more than three dozen people, nine of whom have been charged with crimes. Only 15 of those people are identified by name, including the governor’s co-defendant, former chief of staff John Harris, and his former top fund-raisers and advisers, Chris Kelly and Tony Rezko, both now convicted of crimes.

ed it reveals wiretaps that prosecutors say show that the governor tried to sell the U.S. Senate seat once held by President-elect Barack Obama. He also allegedly threatened to kill a proposed deal to have the state provide financial assistance to Tribune Co. on a sale of Wrigley Field unless the Chicago Tribune fired certain editorial writers who had criticized him.