Posts tagged "valerie Jarrett"

How are Rep. Smith and Gov. Blagojevich alike? They both have to do hard time for the crime of “Stupidity.”

State Rep. Smith’s nickel bribery conviction State Rep. Derrick Smith (D-Chicago, 10th Dist.) received a guilty jury verdict almost four hours ago in federal court.  Rep. Smith was originally appointed to his office in 2011 and impeached over bribery and extortion charges in 2012– but he was elected to the office again in November, 2012.... Read more »

Better than AG Madigan crossing Blagojevich: Berkowitz w/Blago trial counsel Goldstein on Blago, Daley and Alvarez, Cable/Web

Jeff Berkowitz: I’m not saying Mayor Daley did anything wrong. I’m not saying [Cook County State’s Attorney Anita] Alvarez—but if  [they did something illegal], I’d be shaking in my boots, wouldn’t I, with [Special prosecutor Webb possibly] coming after them. Blagojevich lead trial counsel Aaron Goldstein:  If he can get the witnesses to corroborate— Berkowitz:... Read more »

Better than Charlie Rose w/Clarence Darrow: Berkowitz w/Blago lead trial counsel Aaron Goldstein on Obama-Blago-Jarrett, Cable and Web

Tonight’s suburban edition of “Public Affairs with Jeff Berkowitz” features Aaron Goldstein, lead trial counsel in Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s second trial. The show airs tonight  at 8:30 pm on Comcast Cable  on Ch. 19 in Buffalo Grove, Elk Grove Village, Hoffman Estates, parts of Inverness, Lincolnwood, Morton Grove, Niles, Northfield, Palatine, Rolling Meadows and Wilmette.and on Ch. 35 in Arlington Heights, Bartlett,... Read more »
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Watch on cable and the web WBEZ's Wildeboer and Ex- Fed prosecutor Polales dissect, with Berkowitz, Rod Blagojevich's second trial.

Today’s City of Chicago edition  of Public Affairs features two consecutive episodes of the TV show, ”Public Affair with Jeff Berkowitz,” focusing on the federal Chicago retrial of former Illinois Governor, Congressman and State Rep. Rod Blagojevich.      The arrest, impeachment and conviction of Blagojevich, following on the heels of the arrest and conviction of  George Ryan.      ... Read more »

Blagojevich misses being Governor; selling a U. S. Senate Seat and jury instructions in the Blagojevich trial

Blago works the rope line Former IL Democratic Governor Rod Blagojevich, 54, seemed to be one happy pol as he was working the rope line of citizens waiting to be permitted to enter the courtroom on the 25th Floor of the Dirksen Federal Building on Thursday.  Federal prosecutors are focusing in that Courtroom on five... Read more »

The Rod Blagojevich retrial: Five easy pieces of government/politics or five illegal quid pro quos?

In the ninth day of the Blagojevich retrial, the jury heard yesterday from witnesses dealing with three of the major quid pro quos being alleged in the government’s case: an increase in the state’s pediatric rates of reimbursement for doctors at Children’s Memorial Hospital, multi-billion dollar state spending programs for road builders and state funding... Read more »
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Tomorrow morning's cross examination of John Wyma- can Rod Blagojevich score some points?

      John Wyma, facing an investigation in 2008 into his dealings as a lobbyist with close ties to Governor Blagojevich and Blago insiders, decided to cut a deal with the Feds in exchange for immunity from prosecution. Smart move. The deal to provide information about his longtime friend, Blagojevich, which Wyma described as a “horrible... Read more »

President Obama brings Blagojevich trial connections home as the jury deliberations continue. Ghosts of Christmas past?

Chicago is President Obama’s adopted hometown.  He might have woken up on Thursday morning singing, “It is my kind of town.”  It has been very, very, very good to him.   Mr. Obama moved to Chicago twenty-eight years ago, after graduating from Columbia University.  He learned his politics as a community organizer, a young civil rights... Read more »