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Updated: October 1, 2011 12:37AM

F ORMER ILLINOIS Gov. Rod Blagojevich was found guilty on 17 of 20 counts in his federal corruption trial. Here is an assessment of the Blago trial from one legal expert, who wishes to remain anonymous: “It is not a surprise that the government won in this Blagojevich retrial. It’s clear they took the opportunity to rehearse their witnesses again and eliminated the less-convincing ones. They also fine-tuned their trial strategies by leaving out less significant evidence and narrowing their focus. At the same time, the new defense team had to start at ground zero with less money and fewer lawyers.”

AND I SAY: “That jury of 11 women and 1 man did him in.” Yeah, I said it!

THE REV. JESSE JACKSON will be speaking in Sweden on July 2 at the 12th annual “Peace & Love 2011” festival that kicks off today. The festival is the biggest in Sweden in the summer and draws a crowd of over 50,000 every year and the theme is all about love and folks connecting to one another on this planet. Noted humanitarian Bob Geldof will also speak. The artists scheduled to perform include Bob Dylan, the Kings of Leon and M.I.A.

MICHAEL JACKSON’S sister LaToya Jackson was in town over the weekend to promote her new memoir, Starting Over, and besides appearing on numerous TV shows, including WLS-Channel 7 on Friday and eating at Sunda, she had a book-signing at the Barnes & Noble on Webster that evening. This had to be a sad time for her because Saturday marked the second anniversary of Michael’s death. In the book she claims that Michael was murdered for his music catalog.

Gary resident Gordon Keith stopped by the book-signing to say hello to LaToya and bought a book, which she autographed. Keith was one of the owners of the now-defunct Steel Town Records that produced the Jackson Five’s first hit song, “Big Boy.”

REPORTEDLY Mariah Carey and hubby, Nick Cannon, are busy trying to sell the pictures of their twin babies, Moroccan Scott and Monroe Cannon, born in early May. They were hoping they would get millions, like the first photos of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s twins, which raked in millions for that couple. However, so far the highest offer they have received is $200,000. How sad . . . Ha!

ON THE TOWN: Actor Jeremy Piven had lunch on the RL patio . . . TV’s Joel “The Soup” McHale dined at the Paris Club . . . The Yankees’ Russell Martin ate nachos at Hub51 . . . The Bears’ Charles Tillman stopped by Mastro’s Steakhouse to dine . . . State Treasurer Dan Rutherford ate hearty at Ditka’s . . . WGN-Channel 9’s Brittney Payton, Sugar Rautbord and Jackie (Jesse) Jackson ate on separate occasions at the Oak Tree Restaurant & Bakery.

HONORS: Congrats to local journalist Wendell Hutson on receiving the Messenger award from the National Newspapers Publishers Association . . . Loop Capital’s Jim Reynolds received the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in the Financial Services category . . . The Women’s Business Development Center’s co-presidents, Hedy Ratner and Carol Dougal, will be honored with the Small Business Administration outstanding achievement award at a luncheon Thursday at the Union League Club. At that same event, Evergreen Supply Co. prez Colleen Kramer gets the Family Business Owner of the Year award.

MAG NEWS: The Today’s Chicago Woman special “100 Women Making a Difference” July issue is out today, and the list includes Justice Anne Burke, Channel 7 boss Emily Barr, Mesirow’s Diane Swonk, Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka, Attorney General Lisa Madigan, Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas, WVON radio’s Melody Spann-Cooper, Ariel Investment’s Mellody Hobson, publicist Dori Wilson, blogger Candace Jordan, chef Stephanie Izard, Library Commissioner Mary Dempsey, the Sun-Times’ Terry Savage, Laura Washington, Carol Marin and this columnist . . . Healthy Images prez Yvonne Daily is featured in the July collector’s edition of Ebony with actors Tyrese Gibson and Taraji P. Henson on dual covers.

CHI-TOWN HAPS: Actor Kelsey Grammer singing the “Take Me Out . . .” song for the Cubs’ seventh-inning stretch on Wednesday and actor John Cusack doing the same on Friday . . . Cirque du Soleil’s OVO premiere under the Big Top at United Center is Wednesday . . . Reginald Torian, lead singer of the Impressions, is paying a musical tribute to the late Curtis Mayfield, “All Things Mayfield,” July 6 at the Chicago State University’s “Jazz In the Grazz” free concert starting at 6 p.m.

BIRTHDAY FOLKS: John Cusack, Mark Grace and C. Betty Magness. On Wednesday: June Rosner, Gary Busey, Dan Rosenthal and Al Beard.

Well, that’s Stella in the City!

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