Blagojevich

Blagojevich’s Sentencing Date Set

A tentative sentencing date has been set for former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich, following his conviction on 17 counts during his corruption retrial this summer. U.S. District Judge James Zagel has set the hearing for October 6, 2011. Zagel said Blagojevich’s sentencing hearing could last anywhere from two hours to two days, depending on the […]

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Famous Chicago Homes For Sale

From Cameron’s house in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off to former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich’s Ravenswood Manor, several famous Chicago homes are now on the market, available to anyone who wishes to purchase a piece of Chicago history. On Chicago Tonight at 7:00 pm, WBBM Newsradio 780’s Kris Kridel will discuss those homes, as well as […]

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Jurors from Blagojevich Retrial Speak Out

On Chicago Tonight at 7:00 pm, the jury forewoman from the Blagojevich retrial, along with two other jurors, joins Elizabeth Brackett to discuss the deliberation process and how they arrived at their verdict. We also spoke with two additional jurors from the trial. We asked Maya Moody and Rosemary Bennett a series of questions by […]

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Blago Defense Requests Mistrial; Mayor Emanuel Willing to Testify

Rod Blagojevich’s defense attorneys asked for a mistrial on Monday, arguing that prosecutors failed to prove corruption allegations against the former Illinois governor. The mistrial motion cites the inability of the defense “to ask any meaningful questions” in cross-examination. Prosecutors objected to questions from the defense more than 100 times during the cross-examination of some […]

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Transition from Jury Foreman to Spectator

Without a doubt it was different. Amid the expanse of wooden walls, wooden benches, wooden tables and vinyl-covered seats that were so familiar to me, there was a whiff of strangeness. I entered the court through the back doors and sat down among the spectators until I was moved to the reserved press seats across […]

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Exclusive Interview with Sheldon Sorosky

Chicago Tonight sat down with the head of Rod Blagojevich’s legal team, Sheldon Sorosky, for an exclusive interview about the former Illinois governor and the chances of an acquittal. Blagojevich made it to court Thursday for the first round of jury questioning. He was present while jurors revealed a host of issues with his claims […]

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Potential Jurors Hoping To Avoid Blagojevich Retrial

As jury questioning for Rod Blagojevich’s retrial got underway Thursday morning, it became evident that many of the potential jurors were hoping to avoid the trial. U.S. District Judge James Zagel noted that there were an extraordinary number of jurors who asked to be excused, but he informed those in the courtroom that he did […]

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Jury Selection Process Begins in Retrial

The jury selection process for the Rod Blagojevich retrial began Wednesday morning at the Dirksen Federal Building. The potential jury pool will be brought in to fill out detailed questionnaires, but won’t be brought into court for questioning until Thursday at the earliest. It is expected that 12 jurors and five alternates will eventually be […]

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Blagojevich’s Second Trial

The second trial of Rod Blagojevich begins on Wednesday with the jury selection process. I covered the first trial last year, and will be doing so again for round two. Want to know what Rod Blagojevich’s life was like before he entered politics? Check out an in-depth look at the former governor’s childhood, his college […]

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Chronology of the Case

As the prosecution and defense gear up for Rod Blagojevich’s retrial, Chicago Tonight looks back on the history of the case:

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