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Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich dabs blood from his chin during a news conference outside his home Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, in Chicago. On Tuesday, President Donald Trump commuted Blagojevich's 14-year prison sentence for political corruption. Blagojevich joked that it was the first time in a long time he has shaved with a normal razor. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Trump picks pardon requests from wealthy pals and GOP donors

Feb. 19, 2020 8:16 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — There's a common thread among the 11 felons who found favor with President Donald Trump this week — all who were pardoned or set free had advocates among the president’s wealthy friends and political allies. In at least some cases, including former Illinois Gov. Rod...

Patti Blagojevich smiles as her husband, former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich touches her chin during a news conference outside his home Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, in Chicago, the morning after President Donald Trump on Tuesday, commuted Blagojevich's 14-year prison sentence for political corruption. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Blagojevich praises, endorses Trump as justice reformer

Feb. 19, 2020 7:34 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Former Illinois Democratic Gov. Rod Blagojevich gushed about Donald Trump a day after the Republican president set him free from a federal prison, delivering a 20-minute monologue Wednesday outside his Chicago home that sounded like an extended campaign commercial. Standing before a crowd of...

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 returns to Chicago, maintains innocence

Feb. 19, 2020 6:41 AM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Rod Blagojevich returned home to Chicago early Wednesday, shaking hands and signing autographs after President Donald Trump cut short the 14-year prison sentence handed to the former Illinois governor for political corruption. Blagojevich landed at O’Hare airport hours after walking...

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. 19, 2020 6:18 AM 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...

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.
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...

FILE - This Sept. 17, 2014, file photo shows Dr. Ulrich Klopfer. Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill will preside over the mass burial Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020, of more than 2,400 fetuses found last year at the suburban Chicago home of Klopfer, one of the Midwest's most prolific abortion doctors, days after he died. (South Bend Tribune via AP, File)

More than 2,400 fetuses found at Illinois home to be buried

Feb. 11, 2020 6:49 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — In what's sure to be a politically charged ceremony, more than 2,400 fetuses found last year at the suburban Chicago home of one of the Midwest's most prolific abortion doctors will be buried Wednesday in Indiana, a state with some of the nation's toughest anti-abortion laws. Indiana's top...

Former state Rep. Luis Arroyo, right, walks with his defense attorney, Michael Gillespie, into the Dirksen Federal Courthouse for arraignment, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020. (Ashlee Rezin Garcia/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)

Former Illinois legislator pleads innocent in bribery case

Feb. 4, 2020 8:54 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Former Illinois state Rep. Luis Arroyo on Tuesday pleaded not guilty to bribery charges in U.S. District Court in Chicago. Arroyo, 65, a Chicago Democrat, resigned his seat Nov. 1, one week after he was accused of paying a bribe to a state senator in exchange for support of a gambling bill...

Illinois mistakenly cancels ex-inmates' voter registrations

Feb. 3, 2020 5:59 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — The voter registrations of nearly 800 former Illinois inmates may have been mistakenly canceled because of a “data-matching error” between state agencies, the State Board of Elections disclosed Monday. In Illinois, the voting rights of inmates convicted of crimes are suspended...

Illinois discloses fresh problems with voter registration

Jan. 29, 2020 6:34 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois elections officials disclosed fresh problems Wednesday with the state's automatic voter registration program, including at least one eligible voter who said she registered to vote but ended up on an opt-out list. The program is already under fire for mistakenly registering over 500...