Longtime U.S. Congressman Dan Rostenkowski famously called Chicago politics “blood sport.” We raise a glass to one of Chicago's own (who also happened to have one of the all-time great heads of political hair) with a Polish twist on a classic cocktail.
In 2010, Robert Blagojevich was on trial alongside his brother, former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, on corruption charges. All of the charges against Robert were dropped while his brother would have a retrial. Robert discusses the details of the first trial and his current relationship with his brother.
Robert Blagojevich, the brother of convicted former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, joins us to discuss his own legal experience beating the odds of a conviction, which is also the subject of his new book, Fundraiser A: My Fight for Freedom and Justice.
Corruption Charges Brought in City’s Red Light Camera Contracts
A former chief executive officer of Chicago’s first red light camera vendor, Redflex Traffic Systems, Inc., and the company’s customer liaison with the city, were indicted today on federal corruption charges together with a retired city official who managed the red light camera program for nearly a decade, after he alone was charged initially in May.
Chicago Board of Education’s Inspector General Jim Sullivan joins us to talk about his latest watchdog report detailing the waste, fraud and corruption he uncovered this year in the Chicago Public Schools. Read the full report.
Prosecutors respond to Rod Blagojevich's appeal, asking that he serves his entire 14-year sentence. Elizabeth Brackett has the story.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel faced tough questioning today about indicted former Chicago comptroller Amer Ahmad. Paris Schutz has the latest.
Chicago's former comptroller is indicted on federal charges of bribery and money laundering while serving as Ohio's deputy treasurer. Paris Schutz has the details. Watch our 2011 interview with Amer Ahmad.
They've pleaded guilty to illegal use of campaign funds but do Jesse and Sandi Jackson deserve some measure of sympathy for their public service? We hear what some observers have to say.
Former Illinois Gov. George Ryan is out of prison, and on house arrest for the remainder of his sentence. We talk with his former chief of staff Scott Fawell about the final chapter to this dramatic story.
Former Cook County Commissioner Joseph Mario Moreno and ex-Chicago Ald. Ambrosio Medrano have been charged with bribery, federal officials announced on Thursday.
The U.S. Supreme Court sent George Ryan's case back to an appeals court today. If Ryan wins the appeal, he could be out of prison within the next six months. Elizabeth Brackett reports.
Will Rod Blagojevich spend his 14-year sentence behind bars in a Colorado federal prison? That's what his lawyers want. Elizabeth Brackett talks with a prison consultant, who is a former federal inmate himself. He tells us about his experience.