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2012-07-06 14:20:21

CHICAGO, July 6, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The co-chairs of the CHANGE Illinois! coalition on Friday said Gov. Quinn's signing of Senate Bill 3722 has damaged the state's campaign contribution limits system and opened the door to unlimited contributions in election contests where independent expenditure groups spend significant amounts of money. Under the new law, there will be no limits on campaign contributions in any election where spending by an independent committee (or...

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2009-08-27 19:33:40

Rod Blagojevich, the impeached ex-governor of Illinois, and his wife Patti have been booked for a joint interview on TV's The View, ABC said. The scandal-plagued couple are to appear on the Sept. 9 edition of the daytime chat show where Rod Blagojevich will be promoting his forthcoming book, The Governor. Mr. Blagojevich's last appearance on 'The View' -- Jan. 26 -- sparked attention and made national headlines, ABC noted in a news release. During that interview, Mr. Blagojevich told Barbara...

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2009-06-10 14:26:09

Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich has agreed to appear at a performance of Second City's Rod Blagojevich Superstar, the stage satire's producer said. Superstar producer Kelly Leonard told the Chicago Tribune the indicted and impeached politician has been hired to drop by Saturday night to help announce the extension of the show, which skewers his career, through Aug. 9. The financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed. Blagojevich is also expected to participate in a planned improv...

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2009-05-19 13:25:00

The wife of ex-Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich may take part in a reality TV show to raise money to fight his corruption charges, a lawyer for the family said. It appears she's going to do it, lawyer Sheldon Sorosky said. Patti Blagojevich lost her job after her husband's arrest in December and the couple needs money to pay for his legal defense, said Glenn Selig, her spokesman. Blagojevich is charged with conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and solicitation of bribery in a Justice...

2009-04-25 14:48:53

Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's wife, Patti, has been approached regarding a role in an upcoming NBC reality TV series, a lawyer says. An anonymous defense lawyer said NBC executives have asked Patti Blagojevich to represent her husband in the forthcoming series I'm a Celebrity ... Get Me Out of Here! The Chicago Sun-Times said Friday Blagojevich was approached after a judge opposed the former governor's involvement in the series. The unidentified attorney said both the disgraced...

2009-02-03 19:17:39

Chicago's Second City comedy troupe is turning Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's impeachment into a one-act musical. Rod Blagojevich Superstar! was dreamed up at a Second City party in January and scripted, choreographed and rehearsed in less than a month before its debut Tuesday, the Chicago Sun-Times reported. At worst, we get a ton of PR -- which we've gotten, said Kelly Leonard, vice president of Second City. And at best we have a show that has legs. Superstar traces Blagojevich's rise from...

2008-12-17 09:51:42

A California family has started the campaign of their preferred candidate to replace Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich -- a deaf 14-year-old border collie. Michael Sunday said he began the Web-based gubernatorial campaign of his border collie, Scuba, to protest political corruption after the Democratic governor of Illinois was arrested on corruption charges last week, the Chicago Tribune reported Wednesday. The point, Sunday said, is that a 14-year-old canine with no hearing could do a better job...

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2008-12-11 10:16:24

Chicago newspaper columnists dueled Thursday over whether embattled Gov. Rod Blagojevich could employ an insanity defense to fight corruption allegations. Federal prosecutors this week charged the two-term Democratic Illinois governor with attempting to auction off the U.S. Senate seat vacated by President-elect Barack Obama for personal gain. Blagojevich already was under federal scrutiny over alleged pay-to-play politics involving the sale of state jobs and contracts for campaign...

2008-12-10 19:09:20

Memorabilia hawkers wasted no time posting items on the auction Web site eBay related to Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, arrested on corruption charges. The popular site offered countless front pages with blaring headlines of Blagojevich's arrest and accusations of trying to peddle President-elect Barack Obama's U.S. Senate seat. The governor said he is innocent. Besides the newspapers, the site also offered up a commemorative key ring at a suggested bid of $400, an assortment of Impeach...

2008-11-13 18:00:09

President-elect Barack Obama said Thursday he will resign his U.S. Senate seat, effective Sunday. "It has been one of the highest honors and privileges of my life to have served the people of Illinois in the United States Senate," Obama said in a statement. Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, a Democrat, is responsible for naming a successor to Obama, the only African-American in the Senate, The Chicago Tribune reported. Blagojevich said he expects to make a decision by year's end and is...