Chicago Sun-Times Latest news from the Chicago Sun-Times Online en-us (Editor) Newspapers Chicago Sun-Times 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ Korecki: Does Blagojevich’s time fit his crime? ]]> Lead story image

When it comes to Blagojevich’s criminal case, there are two questions I’m asked again and again by various observers: Isn’t 14 years way overboard for Blagojevich? And was his conduct really considered criminal? ]]> Thu, 26 Dec 2013 20:54:49 -0500 <![CDATA[ Ali Ata, figure in Blagojevich corruption case, gets probation ]]> Lead story image

One of the last figures to be sentenced in the case that sent former Gov. Rod Blagojevich to prison won’t have to serve a day in prison. A federal judge in Chicago sentenced Ali Ata to four years of probation on Tuesday. ]]> Sun, 19 Aug 2012 06:19:46 -0500 <![CDATA[ Prosecutors: Cellini should get 6 1/2 to 8 years in prison ]]> Lead story image

William Cellini deserves to go to prison for up to eight years, federal prosecutors say, for his role in the scandal that brought down now-imprisoned former Gov. Rod Blagojevich. But they say they’d understand if U.S. District Judge James Zagel gives the Springfield businessman and longtime behind-the-scenes power broker in Illinois government less than eight years due to his age and health problems. ]]> Fri, 13 Jul 2012 22:10:14 -0500 <![CDATA[ U.S. Attorney Fitzgerald: I won’t ever run for elective office ]]> Lead story image

U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald says he’s not sure what he’ll do next, now that he’s announced he’s stepping down, but says running for elective office isn’t in his future. ]]> Tue, 03 Jul 2012 09:34:20 -0500 <![CDATA[ Son of figure in Blagojevich probe lands White House internship ]]> Lead story image

The son of an Oak Brook man who was a key figure in the probe of Rod Blagojevich’s attempt to sell President Barack Obama’s old Senate seat, was selected for a prestigious internship in the Obama White House. Raghuveer Nayak’s son, who is a student attending Yale University, will serve as a summer 2013 intern, according to a list released by the White House on Tuesday. The student, who ran unsuccessfully for alderman in Connecticut, volunteered on Obama’s presidential campaign. ]]> Sun, 11 Aug 2013 06:51:25 -0500 <![CDATA[ Short list of candidates to be next U.S. attorney now down to four, sources say ]]> Lead story image

A committee that is helping screen potential choices for the next U.S. Attorney has whittled the list of contenders from eight to four, sources told the Chicago Sun-Times. The selection committee will forward a final list of names to U.S. senators Dick Durbin (D-Ill) and Mark Kirk (R-Ill). ]]> Sat, 01 Dec 2012 16:31:16 -0500 <![CDATA[ Lawyers for ex-Gov. George Ryan appear before appeals court ]]> Lead story image

Former Gov. George Ryan could be freed from prison “within weeks” if a federal appeals court tosses out several of his fraud convictions, defense attorneys said Friday. ]]> Sat, 21 Jul 2012 02:05:21 -0500 <![CDATA[ Ex-Blagojevich aide gets 10 days in prison ]]> Lead story image

John Harris — the one-time top aide to Rod Blagojevich who later testified at the former governor’s corruption trial — was sentenced Wednesday to 10 days in prison. U.S. District Court Judge James Zagel said his offense was “so serious and so crucial,” it warranted prison time. ]]> Mon, 30 Apr 2012 08:23:07 -0500 <![CDATA[ Convicted power broker Cellini went to hospital again ]]> Lead story image

Convicted Springfield power broker William Celliniwent back to the hospital last week — this time for a blood clot, a family spokesman said on Tuesday. Cellini, 77, was due to be sentenced earlier this month for his role in a shakedown scheme involving a key figure in the Rod Blagojevich investigation. His sentencing was delayed to July 20, however, because Cellini suffered a heart attack.  Cellini was released late last week from Memorial Medical Center in Springfield where he was admitted for treatment of a blood clot that doctors feared could travel to his heart and lungs, according to the family spokesman. Because of the blood clot, … ]]> Tue, 26 Jun 2012 15:08:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ Indicted fund-raiser helped pols in both parties ]]>

Raghuveer Nayak has poured money into the campaigns of political candidates on both sides of the aisle — from Barack Obama to U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez to the McCain-Palin presidential ticket to U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin. According to the Better Government Association, Nayak and the 10 companies named in a federal indictment gave nearly $500,000 to candidates between 2000 and 2008. However, the numbers don’t show that Nayak has helped raise even more money from others — including for Jesse Jackson Jr. Top recipients of Nayak’s largesse include: (1) Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich: $198,000 (2) Former state Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias: … ]]> Mon, 23 Jul 2012 07:38:59 -0500 <![CDATA[ House Ethics investigators questioned witnesses here in Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. probe. ]]>

This past spring, investigators with the U.S. House Committee on Ethics visited Chicago to talk to witnesses as part of the ongoing investigation into U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., sources told the Chicago Sun-Times. The man federal agents arrested on Wednesday on unrelated kickback charges, Raghuveer Nayak, is at the center of the allegations that the panel is investigating. The panel has reached out to at least half a dozen people, attempting to get their words on the record. Many declined the request. However, sources say that Harish Bhatt, a pharmacy owner who had attended a Rod Blagojevich fund-raiser where … ]]> Mon, 23 Jul 2012 07:38:11 -0500 <![CDATA[ Root of Blagojevich’s hair: Barber says dye job will go gray in prison ]]> Lead story image

Rod Blagojevich’s barber says the former Illinois governor’s famously thick, dark hair is dyed and will turn gray within the first months of his prison term. ]]> Mon, 23 Apr 2012 11:36:27 -0500 <![CDATA[ Durbin: I’ll work with Kirk to pick Patrick Fitzgerald’s successor ]]> Lead story image

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin said Friday that U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald has offered up the name of an acting successor to replace him at the end of June and that “carries a lot of weight.” As for a permanent successor, Durbin said he has approached U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) and they intend to convene a “small group of people we trust” to come up with nominees. ]]> Tue, 03 Jul 2012 10:36:35 -0500 <![CDATA[ Judge: I won’t send former Blagojevich aide to prison ]]> Lead story image

A federal judge in Chicago said Wednesday he has no intention of sending John Glennon, a lesser-known figure caught up in the corruption scandal involving former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, to prison. ]]> Wed, 09 May 2012 14:42:05 -0500 <![CDATA[ Feds probed IDOT spending on youth jobs program, audit reveals ]]>

SPRINGFIELD — The state’s transportation department was being investigated by the feds for spending over $7 million on a youth employment initiative created by former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, a state audit released Monday said. Calling the program “ill-conceived and mismanaged,” the report from the Office of the Executive Inspector General knocked the Illinois Department of Transportation for using road money to pay for odd-jobs done by student workers, and indicated that a federal investigation into the matter was active as of December 2010. The inspector general’s office also criticized the department for authorizing millions in payments after signs of mismanagement … ]]> Mon, 30 Apr 2012 17:04:55 -0500 <![CDATA[ Supreme Court ruling offers hope to imprisoned ex-Gov. Ryan ]]> Lead story image

Imprisoned former Gov. George Ryan could get another chance to challenge his fraud conviction, after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling Monday upheld a portion of his latest appeal of his federal corruption conviction. ]]> Fri, 20 Jul 2012 09:28:29 -0500 <![CDATA[ Blagojevich tanned and muscled in prison — and his hair is lighter ]]> Lead story image

Sporting a tan, lighter (but not gray) hair and five pounds more muscle, Rod Blagojevich hasn’t found prison too cruel, his onetime lawyer says. Of course, Blagojevich just began his 14-year sentence about a month ago, and he’s spent it working in the kitchen washing pots and pans and doing some chores outdoors. ]]> Fri, 25 May 2012 08:18:46 -0500 <![CDATA[ Blago’s brother heads to D.C. to talk about Senate seat controversy ]]> Lead story image

As Rod Blagojevich serves a 14-year sentence for trying to sell a U.S. Senate seat, the former governor’s brother is headed to Washington to talk about who he says offered to buy it. The U.S. House Committee on Ethics, which is investigating U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.), is expected to interview Robert Blagojevich later this month, sources tell the Chicago Sun-Times. ]]> Mon, 14 May 2012 08:23:19 -0500