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Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich shakes hands with a supporter as he arrives home in Chicago on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, after his release from Colorado prison late Tuesday. Blagojevich walked out of prison Tuesday after President Donald Trump cut short the 14-year prison sentence handed to the former Illinois governor for political corruption. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)

Ex-Gov. Blagojevich released from prison after Trump pardon

Feb. 19, 2020 2:08 AM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Rod Blagojevich walked out of prison Tuesday after President Donald Trump cut short the 14-year prison sentence handed to the former Illinois governor for political corruption. The Republican president said the punishment imposed on the Chicago Democrat and one-time contestant on Trump's...

Penn State's Izaiah Brockington (12) drives the baseline on Illinois' Alan Griffin (0) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, in State College, Pa. (AP Photo/Gary M. Baranec)

Dosunmu scores 24, Illinois beats No. 9 Penn State 62-56

Feb. 18, 2020 9:41 PM EST

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Ayo Dosunmu felt well enough during warm-ups to return to lineup. That was enough for Illinois against No. 9 Penn State. Dosunmu, the Fighting Illini’s leading scorer who missed the previous game with a knee injury, scored 24 points, and Illinois snapped a four-game losing...

The San Francisco Giants run during spring training baseball practice, Friday, Feb. 14, 2020, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Giants, Cubs raising pay for minor leaguers this season

Feb. 18, 2020 9:06 PM EST

The Chicago Cubs and San Francisco Giants are pushing ahead with pay raises for minor league players this season, days after Major League Baseball mandated salary bumps beginning in 2021. Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer and Giants baseball executive Farhan Zaidi confirmed the wage hikes Tuesday. MLB informed...

President Donald Trump talks to the media before he boards Air Force One for a trip to Los Angeles to attend a campaign fundraiser, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, at Andrews Air Force Base, Md. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

President Trump goes on clemency spree, and the list is long

Feb. 18, 2020 8:43 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump went on a clemency blitz Tuesday, commuting former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's 14-year prison sentence and pardoning former New York City police commissioner Bernie Kerik, among a long list of others. Those who got a break from Trump include financier Michael...

FILE - This April 25, 2016, file photo shows the top of the Tribune Tower on Michigan Avenue in Chicago. Two top executives at newspaper publisher Tribune are stepping down as the company deals with its largest shareholder, a hedge fund known for cutting newsroom jobs, and navigates the ongoing shift to online media, the Chicago-based company said in a statement Monday, Feb. 3. 2020. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)

2 top execs stepping down at publisher Tribune amid turmoil

Feb. 18, 2020 8:32 PM EST

Two top executives at newspaper publisher Tribune are stepping down as the company deals with its largest shareholder, a hedge fund known for cutting newsroom jobs, andgrapples with a decline in revenue as the print-ad business shrinks. The Chicago-based company, which owns the Chicago Tribune, New York Daily...

Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is released from prison after his sentenced is commuted by President Donald Trump

Feb. 18, 2020 8:31 PM EST
DENVER (AP) — Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is released from prison after his sentenced is commuted by President Donald Trump.

EPA orders cleanup of zinc smelter site in DePue, Illinois

Feb. 18, 2020 7:40 PM EST

DEPUE, Ill. (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has issued an administrative order to those responsible to clean up contaminated soil at a site near the northern Illinois town of DePue, where a zinc smelter and fertilizer plant was once located, it was announced Tuesday. The EPA issued the...

Editorial Roundup: Recent editorials in Illinois newspapers

Feb. 18, 2020 4:43 PM EST

February 17, 2020 Chuicago Sun-Times Who can keep sham candidates for screwing up elections? You In just about every election, you come across sham candidates. These are candidates whose names are put on the ballot for the sole purpose of drawing votes from somebody else. They don’t campaign or raise money...

2 new Legionnaires' cases reported at center where 1 died

Feb. 18, 2020 3:55 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Two new cases of Legionnaires’ disease have been reported at a suburban Chicago senior living center, bringing the outbreak's total cases to five, including one previous fatal case, health officials said Tuesday. The Lake County Health Department said it's working with the Illinois...

In this Aug. 11, 2019 photo, former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich exercises outside the Federal Correctional Institution-Englewood near Littleton, Colo.President Donald Trump on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, has commuted the 14-year prison sentence of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.  (Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune via AP)

A timeline of Blagojevich's political career, criminal case

Feb. 18, 2020 3:23 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Highlights from imprisoned former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's political career and legal saga: — 1993: Blagojevich begins a three-year stint as an Illinois state representative. — 1997: Blagojevich begins a six-year tenure in Congress. — 2002: Blagojevich, billing...