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Cost of Corruption

On this page you will find links that highlight the devastating effects corruption has had on our great state. Illinois is in the middle of a very dangerous and scary time. This page was created to inform our great citizens of the serious challenges we all face.

July 12, 2010
Kids who know hiding say: Blago, loo is your Waterloo
When Blagojevich saw himself destined to be president
Witness: If I waited for Blagojevich’s word on matters “the state would have ground to a halt.”
Swift Boat Funder Enters Blagojevich Fray
Prosecutors want to air Blagojevich’s legal bills

July 7, 2010
Daley friend testifies about Patti Blagojevich brokerage fee
Jackson donor and former state employee: I lied on taxes, engaged in check-cashing scheme
Blagojevich on Jesse Jackson Jr: “He’s a f—— articulate incompetent.”
Change of clothes may be in Blagojevich’s future
Rod Blagojevich to road building exec: Soon I won’t be able to “bully you guys”

July 2, 2010
How did Blagojevich spend $400,000 on clothes? Here’s how.
Blagojevich trial witness: Tony Rezko asked me to direct money to Patti Blagojevich for doing nothing
BREAKING: Blagojevich trial moving at lightning speed — government may rest in 2 weeks
Obama Staffers Subpoenaed in Blagojevich Trial
Blago Witness Says Obama Was Player in Senate Seat Scandal
The Top Five Most Appalling Statements on the New Rod Blagojevich Tape

June 23, 2010
Witness: Blagojevich said Obama knew governor wanted cabinet post for Jarrett appointment
Blago trial a distant, unwanted headache for Obama
Blagojevich ‘depressed’ on 2006 re-election night

June 22, 2010
John Harris: Blagojevich had deal with Emil Jones to kill ethics bill in exchange for Obama’s senate seat
Blagojevich trial: Rahm Emanuel pushed Valerie Jarrett two days before presidential election
Blagojevich on tape: Obama’s people too “cryptic” about senate seat
Blagojevich ordered edict sent to Tribune Company: “Stop or else.”
Aide says Blago discussed money for Senate seat
Ex-aide: Blagojevich often MIA
Former chief of staff: Blagojevich tried to cut off firms that didn’t give Patti a job

June 17, 2010
Ata repeats alleged plot to oust Fitzgerald
Witness: I got state job after $25,000 donation to Blago
Blago insiders linked state work with money for his White House goals, fundraiser says
Ex-Blagojevich staffer tells of clout in hiring
Trial wraps for week with defense asking judge for clarification on questioning
Blagojevich aspired to White House

June 16, 2010
Blagojevich trial: Onetime Democratic National Committee Finance Chairman takes stand
Judge doesn’t gag blabby Blagojevich — yet
Blagojevich trial: Trail of money leads to Patti Blagojevich, Lon Monk
Blagojevich witness: Rezko asked me to write $10,000 check for Obama fund
Blagojevich audio tapes posted online
FBI Release Taped Conversations of Blagojevich
Blagojevich trial: Quinn’s office sends interns to court
Witness: Blagojevich Wanted To Split Fee Money With Inner Circle
Witness: Rod Blagojevich, Kelly, Monk would share cash from Rezko deal

June 15, 2010
Blagojevich FBI Audio Tape: Nov. 12, 2008, 10:06 a.m. [Listen to Audio File + Read Transcript]
Raising funds was hair-raising experience for brothers
Blagojevich trial: Cross-examination turns to Emil Jones, Tollway

June 14, 2010
Blagojevich to Children’s hospital: “Screw these guys.”
Lon Monk: “Give us the f-ing money”
Blagojevich trial: NFL player part of plot to win presidential pardon of Blago pal?
Monk: Connection Between Fundraising and Legislation
Bullying Mell, hustling dough: The real Blago

June 10, 2010
“Democrats did not stand up to Blagojevich,” says Ill. GOP
Dennis Miller on Blago Trial, Helen Thomas’ Explosive End
$25K donations for ‘ambassadorships’
Monk: Deal would have given Emil Jones Obama’s Senate seat
Judge Tells Blagojevich: Chill Out
One-time chief of staff knocks down Blagojevich’s ‘firewall’
Blagojevich trial: Lon Monk is the $1 million man. After he leaves state.
Robert Blagojevich now comes into play
Patti got cushy job with Rezko, Monk testifies
Former Staff Member Bob Arya Talks About the Blagojevich Trial

June 8, 2010
Blagojevich saw Obama Senate vacancy as ‘golden ticket’
Blagojevich Will Testify: Lawyer
Defense opening concludes with familiar argument
Blago prosecution wraps up opening statements
Brady on Start of Blagojevich Corruption Trial
Defense Attorney: Blagojevich ‘Didn’t Take A Dime’
Judge to Rod: No tweets from the courtroom
Prosecutor: former Ill. Gov. Blagojevich sought to carry out ‘a series of illegal shakedowns’
Prosecution Delivers Opening in Blagojevich Trial

June 3, 2010
Experts say Blago trial will expose Ill. gov’t |
Potential juror: Blago ‘flaunts’ himself – Blagojevich on Trial
Blagojevich dines at courthouse cafeteria during trial, smiles at fellow diners during lunch
The Blago Trial: “Kafkaesque”? « Liveshots
He’s not on the ballot, but he’ll be on everyone’s mind
Blagojevich’s Day in Court, in Pictures
The Capitol Fax Blog » *** UPDATED x3 *** Judge keeping jurors that Blagojevich doesn’t want
Roe Conn | On Andrew Romanoff and the Blagojevich Trial
Rod Blagojovech: Combative former governor faces corruption charges.
Chicago Tribune – Blagojevich trial will spotlight worst elements of state’s political culture
Attempt to Rein in Blago Circus
Attorney: Emanuel would say Blagojevich is innocent
Illinois, This Is Your Life
Blagojevich trial, day one: Rod laughs, Patti speaks out, Rob sighs
Four Months of Rod Blagojevich in the Press, Starting Right Now!
How to keep score at Blagojevich trial
Illinois GOP could reap the benefits of Blagojevich trial
Our Opinion: Joking is over for Blagojevich
Judge rules against media on jury names

June 2, 2010
John Kass: Illinois politics will also be on trial in Rod Blagojevich case –

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