Rod Blagojevich

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    December 7, 2011

    Blagojevich Gets Fourteen Years​The saga of Rod Blagojevich, erstwhile governor of the great state of Illinois, contestant on Celebrity Apprentice, inadvertent comedy star and fan of Elvis, Rudyard Kipling and the Chicago Cubs, has come to an end, or at least a long hiatus. This afternoon, U.S. D ... More >>

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    June 27, 2011

    Blagojevich "Stunned" by Conviction; Former Illinois Governor Guilty on 17 Charges

    ​Our long, national bad-hair day is over. This afternoon a federal jury in Chicago convicted former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich of 17 counts of wire fraud, attempted extortion, bribery, extortion conspiracy and bribery conspiracy during his time in office, including a plot to sell the U.S. S ... More >>

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    December 28, 2010

    Top Ten Idiotic Political Quotes of 2010

    Image viaUm, is that like really in the Constitution? ​Some people were worried that once "Dubya" left office we'd suffer from the loss of eyebrow-raising political quotes. However, there's one thing in Washington that's never in short supply: stupidity. The good folks over at's Politic ... More >>

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    August 26, 2010

    Blagojevich Won't Be Retried -- Rob Blagojevich, That Is

    image viaThe Blagojevich brothers in 1960.​If you think Rod Blagojevich is annoying now, just imagine how he must have been as a child. Now imagine having him for your little brother. By that criterion, Robert Blagojevich should be up for sainthood. Well, Rob is finally getting his just rewar ... More >>

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    August 25, 2010

    Blagojevich on The Daily Show: 'In the next trial, I hope to testify again'

    ​Everyone's favorite disgraced ex-governor, Rod Blagojevich, was interviewed on The Daily Show Monday night, and it was, pardon our language, fucking golden. Comedically, that is. "I would like to see you as a victim, but you make it so hard," Stewart told him, after Blago said that he w ... More >>

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    August 20, 2010

    Blago Gets the CGI Treatment

    It's probably only a matter of time before The Rod Blagojevich Story comes to a basic cable channel near you. (But will it star the man himself? Wearing his own wardrobe? Now that would be worth watching.) But the Blago scandal has already been filmed, sort of. Behold this CGI animated version, with ... More >>

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    August 19, 2010

    Blago Uncensored Ring Tones -- Now with F-Bombs!

    Several weeks ago, an Illinois newspaper offered free Blagojevich ringtones so that online readers could enjoy Blago's "profanity-laced tirades" on incoming calls. We liked the idea. However, we didn't like that they'd bleeped out all the profanity from the "profanity-laced tirades." (We know dail ... More >>

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    August 18, 2010
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    August 18, 2010

    Rod Blagojevich Saved By One Stubborn Female Juror

    Image viaDoes this look like the face of a criminal?​After a jury deadlocked on all but one of 24 corruption charges against Rod Blagojevich -- convicting him only of the relatively minor offense of lying to the FBI -- the former Illinois governor declared victory. Standing on the courthouse steps ... More >>

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    August 17, 2010

    Blagojevich Guilty on Just One Count -- New Trial for 23 Others

    Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich has been found guilty of one count of lying to the FBI -- even as the jury hearing the case against him deadlocked on an additional 23 counts, according to wire reports.Oh, Rod. Not again!​The judge has indicated he'll declare a mistrial. That means a new t ... More >>

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    August 10, 2010

    The Onion Goes Deep Inside Illinois

    Image sourceSpotted on Blago's ride?​Illinois is on the verge of bankruptcy. The state has essentially stopped paying its bills and has a budget deficit of about $12 billion. Lawmakers have had no ideas to make ends meet. At least until now. In their most recent issue, The Onion reports that offic ... More >>

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    July 21, 2010

    Blago Won't Testify After All; Wife Loses Chance to Catch Up on Summer Reading

    image viaWould this man lie to you?​Former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich, who, for the past year and a half, has been proclaiming his innocence to anyone who will listen (and even some who don't care), has decided to hold his tongue, for once. Blago announced his intention earlier this we ... More >>

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    July 19, 2010

    The Moment We've All Been Waiting For: Blago to Testify at His Own Corruption Trial

    Image source​Pull out the popcorn, folks. The best show in town gets underway in Springfield this week. "I will prove my innocence and I will testify," declared former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich last week as he left the courtroom that is the scene of his corruption trial. Blago has, si ... More >>

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    July 15, 2010

    Ring, Ring, Ring, Blago-phone: Blagojevich Ringtones for the Taking

    Image via "I've got this thing and it's (expletive) golden. And I'm just not giving it up for (expletive) nothing."​Look, friends, maybe it's time to admit it: We all have kind of a lot in common with impeached-and-disgraced former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich. We don't get to spend enough time w ... More >>

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    July 6, 2010

    Tuesday Tussle: Part 1, Sin Taxes Are the Best Solution to the Illinois Budget Crisis

    Image sourceA two percent tax on apples would have kept the Garden of Eden solvent.​Illinois has essentially stopped paying its bills. According to the New York Times, the state has $62.4 billion in pension liabilities and "owes more than $5 billion for schools, rehabilitation centers, child care ... More >>

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    July 6, 2010

    Tuesday Tussle: Part 2, Sin Taxes? Illinois Needs to Maintain Its Dignity Instead

    Image sourceWeep no more, Illinois. By resisting the path of sin, ye shall receive your heavenly reward.​Yes, it's true, these are troubled times for the state of Illinois. Our neighbor across the river is currently $12 billion in debt. Nearly half of that (OK, $5.01 billion) is owed to school ... More >>

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    June 28, 2010

    Blago Wanted Oprah to Replace Obama in Senate

    ​Can I get in on that hug? -- Rod​He loved her conversations on the sofa. He knew next to nothing about her politics, still Rod Blagojevich thought Oprah Winfrey would be the perfect person to to fill Barack Obama's empty Senate seat. Or, was he just planting the seeds for his insanity defense? ... More >>

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    June 2, 2010

    Blagojevich Trial, Radio Silence Start Tomorrow

    Image source​It's been a grim week so far -- oil continues to spill out into the Gulf, the Israeli Army fought a Gaza aid flotilla and Al and Tipper Gore are separating -- and it's about to get grimmer. Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, who has been going to hilarious lengths to protes ... More >>

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    April 15, 2010

    Will Blago Ever Get to Hang in the State Capitol?

    Image source​Rod Blagojevich may have been fired from Celebrity Apprentice, but that doesn't mean he's been forgotten by the people he used to govern. This week, the Post-Dispatch reports, the Illinois Senate will vote on bill that will prohibit state funds from being used to finance official ... More >>

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    April 5, 2010

    Rod Blagojevich on Celebrity Apprentice: Week Four

    Image source​Friends, for four weeks now, we've been watching Rod Blagojevich together on Celebrity Apprentice. It hasn't always been great -- actually, since every episode is now two hours, most of it is actually pretty damned boring, especially the parts where the celebrities meet the recipi ... More >>

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    March 29, 2010

    Rod Blagojevich on Celebrity Apprentice: Week Three

    Image source​It's an incredible responsibility being governor of a major state. There's so much work to be done, so many photo ops to smile for, so many profane phone calls to be made, so many favors to be sold that it's a wonder the governor has time to sleep, let alone keep up with modern te ... More >>

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    March 22, 2010

    Rod Blagojevich on Celebrity Apprentice: Week Two

    Image source​Two important revelations about former governor Rod Blagojevich from last night's episode of Celebrity Apprentice:1. Blago is still innocent.2. Blago has a thing for balloons.In this week's task, Donald Trump told the two teams to set up storefronts pimping Kodak's exciting new produc ... More >>

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    March 15, 2010

    Rod Blagojevich on Celebrity Apprentice: Week One

    Image sourceIs this the face of a guilty man...or a business genius?​Some people who believe they are accused of heinous crimes decide to prove their innocence in court. Other people go on TV reality shows. So two days after Rod Blagojevich's lawyers requested that his court date be postponed from ... More >>

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    February 11, 2010

    Rod Blagojevich's New Court Tactic: Lull Jurors to Sleep

    Image Via George Ryan's hair said the same thing​Rod Blogojevich pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to revised charges that he attempted to sell President Obama's vacant Illinois senate seat to the highest bidder. Then he revealed his new strategy for winning his seemingly unwinnable corruptio ... More >>

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    January 5, 2010

    Blago to Compete on Next Celebrity Apprentice

    It's been years since "You're fired!", accompanied by a cobra-like flick of Donald Trump's right hand, became a national catchphrase, so long, in fact, that Trump has resorted to casting celebrities instead of regular old celebrity-whores on his reality show The Apprentice.But now we may have a reas ... More >>

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    December 16, 2009

    Finally! An Explanation for Rod Blagojevich's Hair

    ​I suppose many of you figured this out a long time ago. Turns out that ousted Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich is a huge fan of Elvis Presley, which goes a long way in explaining the disgraced politician's outrageous coiffure. (Personally, I always thought Blago's hair was an homage to Lego man. ... More >>

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    October 22, 2009

    The Morning Brew: Thursday, 10.22

    ​ Plum Organics issues baby food recall. (Los Angeles Times)FDA examines front-of-package labeling. (U.S. News and World Report)Have a $100 burger, served by Blago, in reality show restaurant. (Advertising Age)What a bento box says about a culture. (The New York Times)Talking coffee maker do ... More >>

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    August 10, 2009

    Message Behind Blagojevich's New Website: In Rod We Trust

    Have you seen the website former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich unveiled this weekend?​

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    June 3, 2009

    F'ing Golden: Patti Blagojevich Eats a Tarantula, Nearly Drowns on Reality TV

    Patti Blagojevich, wife of infamous ex-Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, has officially began her stint on the NBC reality TV show "I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here" and she wants you to know she's doing it all for the kids.The potty-mouthed former Illinois first lady took her husband's place ... More >>

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    May 20, 2009
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    May 15, 2009

    Who Needs Paul Mitchell When There's Rod Blago Shampoo?

    Unreal just heard about some employees at a Chicago radio station who received an unexpected package last week, ripped it open and proceeded to laugh so hard that some of them peed their pants. The joke du jour: BLAGO Volumizing Shampoo and Conditioner - For Really Big Hair. "IT'S BLEEP'N GOLDEN!" r ... More >>

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    April 24, 2009

    It's a Bird. It's a Plane. It's Rod Blagojevich.

    Raw footage here of impeached Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich filming a promo for the NBC reality show I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! 

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    April 15, 2009

    Can Blagojevich Survive the Jungle? Reality Show Wants To Know

    Producers at NBC have asked former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich to participate in a reality show titled, "I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!"The show drops ten celebrities in the middle of the Costa Rican jungle "to face challenges designed to test their skills in adapting to the wilderness. ... More >>

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    April 14, 2009

    Blagojevich Pleads Not Guilty, Misquotes Theodore Roosevelt

    Rod Blagojevich's recent troubles have been a great joy to anyone who likes a little Victorian poetry mixed with their political theater. Who else would have the audacity to quote Tennyson and, on multiple occasions, Kipling?Blago's favorite poem is Kipling's "If": "If you can keep your head when al ... More >>

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    April 3, 2009

    Friday, April 3: Morning's Newz

    Former governor Rod Blagojevich was indicted yesterday of sixteen felonies on charges of wire fraud, racketeering, attempted extortion and making false statements. Four other people from Blago's inner circle were also charged with crimes yesterday. View the entire indictment here. Two local yokels e ... More >>

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    March 24, 2009

    Tuesday, March 24: Morning's Newz

    Yesterday's high temperature hit 75. But was it warm enough for a swim? A helicopter yesterday rescued a man from the Mississippi River after he stripped off his clothes and jumped off the Jefferson Barracks Bridge. The man told police he was upset over a domestic problem. Ousted Illinois governor R ... More >>

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    February 11, 2009

    Headline of the Day: "Lawmakers Cheat and Drink"

    Ousted Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich has been criticized by anyone with a pulse over the past two months (compared to the previous six years, when the jabs were mainly given by Illinois residents.) And in defending himself since his December 9 arrest, the politician has often veered into the abs ... More >>

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    February 3, 2009

    Rod Blagojevich: The Musical

    It was only a matter of time, wasn't it? The first Blago musical (I know of, anyway) will go on stage this weekend when the St. Louis community theater group StagedFrightMedia debuts its production, Waziriside Story: Till They Framed Rod Blagojevich.The musical, loosely based on West Side Story, jux ... More >>

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    January 30, 2009

    "Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow," Blago Headlines of the Day

    Newspaper Web site has compiled its top ten front pages and headlines from the biggest story of the day Thursday (no, not that shoe sculpture in Iraq), the ouster of bizarre former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich.The winner for best headline, according to the Web site that does its bes ... More >>

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    January 22, 2009

    Latest From Blago: Impeachment Is a "Sham"

    Embattled Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich today called the impeachment trial against him a "sham." According the the Associated Press, Blago made that statement -- and others -- before his morning jog in Chicago. The impeachment trial is a sham. What the Senate and the House and Legislature is try ... More >>

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    January 16, 2009


    Best read in yesterday's Post-Dispatch was Kari Andren's observations of Rod Blagojevich's use of British literature.In the weeks since he was charged with attempting to sell Barack Obama's senate seat, the Illinois governor has turned at least three times to British authors to make sense/explain hi ... More >>

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    January 15, 2009

    Well That Was Easy

    Roland Burris, the man appointed by Blago to fill Obama's vacant Illinois senate seat, was officially sworn in this morning by Dick Cheney. Appropriate, no?

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    December 9, 2008

    A Strange Wind in Chicago: Blago Arrested, Tribune Going Bankrupt, Cubs Still Spending Like Crazy

    You know, as a Cardinal fan, I'm always happy when bad things happen to the Cubs. I know, I know, I shouldn't feel that way, but I just can't help it. When black cats charge the field, I find myself laughing and cheering for the cat. When a Cubbie fan reaches out and plucks victory away from an outf ... More >>

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    December 9, 2008

    The Morning Brew: Tuesday, 12.9

    In today's news: job cuts at Anheuser-Busch, Whole Foods sues and a bird-flu outbreak in Hong Kong.

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    December 9, 2008

    Blagojevich and the Cubs: It Gets Better

    From page 44 of the indictment of Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, about the deal the Tribune Company was seeking on behalf of the Cubs (via Talking Points Memo): "During the call, Rod Blagojevich's wife can be heard in the background telling Rod Blagojevich to tell Deputy Governor A 'to hold up t ... More >>

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    December 9, 2008

    How Much is a U.S. Senate Seat Worth? You Decide! (Updated)

    From the "That Didn't Take Long" department of political humor, an eBay listing for the U.S. Senate seat vacated by President-Elect Obama and allegedly shopped around by Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich. Bidding started at 99 cents and, as of this writing, has reached $51. Bidders, note: Free shi ... More >>

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    December 9, 2008

    File: View the Criminal Complaint Against Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich

    By now you've probably heard about Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich being arrested early this morning by the FBI. Things have gotten strange in Chicago lately, what with Blago's alleged corruption finally imploding, the Tribune Company filing for bankruptcy protection and the perrennial losers, tho ... More >>

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    December 9, 2008

    Bear Market Sandwich Extravaganza: Oscar Mayer Deli Creations Flatbread Sandwich, Steakhouse Beef with Garlic Parmesan Sauce

    The Bear Market continues its quest to find cheap, tasty sandwiches. Today, an Oscar Meyer Deli sandwich.

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    May 12, 2004

    Nags to Riches

    A late push for slot machines in Springfield may be Fairmount Park's silver bullet

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    May 5, 2004

    With Friends Like These

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