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Cubs hire Joe Maddon as manager

If there were any doubts about the seriousness of the Chicago Cubs’ pursuit of a World Series championship, they were erased Friday when the Cubs made it official: Joe Maddon is their new manager.
Cubs hire Joe Maddon as manager
If there were any doubts about the seriousness of the Chicago Cubs ’ pursuit of a World Series championship, they were erased Friday when the Cubs made it official: Joe Maddon is their new manager.
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Mom, 3 kids killed in crash heading to Halloween parade

A mother and three of her children on their way to a Halloween parade were killed and a fourth child seriously injured when their vehicle was hit by a freight train in southern Illinois, police said on Friday.
Mom, 3 kids killed in crash heading to Halloween parade
A mother and three of her children on their way to a Halloween parade were killed and a fourth child seriously injured when their vehicle was hit by a freight train in ;southern Illinois, police said on Friday.
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https://plus.google.com/104712397540787635342 Robert Anderson : A dome of gray closes across the disappearing blue in the least-where - the shine of sun is appalled...
A dome of gray closes across the disappearing blue in the least-where - the shine of sun is appalled of rain drips - begin to patter on the gruesome day lake - all a spatter on Morning Maam Halloween : that guy so tall he totters - dizzying with the sway - I crotched under a tree sheltered from the rain plops and personality sinks : The weather is rough tumble and diagonal mist : MrWhite has a yellow rain coat - "I'm reporting MrWhite" //   

People scurrying in the first blush of bluster - the sky itself confused as to weather or met - back against a tree - hiding from the onslaught - alone now in intermittent mists - Yes Maam the blue black blazer - trek trods - I'm in no condition to follow : What's the pass word ? She's no non-sense tough rowdy with her girl friend - so I was thinking my dear : you know I  think you - its orange day - in this part of the shoulds // 

Manly - Maamly : what gait to adopt here ? as I am suddenly crawling with ain'ts - back against a boarding we - and the pitter of tatter interrupts : I am in an Burka I discover - so should-not be one to complain - and no-one would - since signs are required - like a blame tag : How many people do you know ? You - how-you - would like to know - what I am doing ? "God is is always there" says a man who has just knew me : 

Conversely - ^there is always God - I'm in the God-head^ - and here comes confrontation - the dumbest dude in Not-see lore - a falling boulder - have a match territory - though I walk alone in the have do of Maam - a gentleman's gentleman Mornings me : Whoa ? what was that ? asks the black glass why - with knowns on his ears : Brightening now - the Maam-head - and sun peeps clouds and laughter thru the unsettle gravity of the try and cry again //  

Yes Maam I say O weather - God's said and Maaming read - "Are you weak ? you got a rain coat on" - ^Weak - I am a slave writing at this very moment - and seven times a peek - she makes me a poet be - there wishermen are not rich which is not of their image - what's but needed but a goats and ghosts - as well Maam dread - its what happens : "Hey Bob" ! in the Maam-head // 

What happens in the : "Morning Maam" - from down my squat condition and again - six women entering say no sound : and a long long talk with Maam Tahoe - her dead husband with weeks to live - changed doctors and now walks a mile a day - and wonder of wonder she says - for the first time in his over ninety years - he wants to hug and be hugged - a reformed soldier : and bit the must late in strife // 

I played ring around the no-see - peek-a-boo tree with Ganderson - when two Christians teased the Geese with tickets to heaven - "It looks like food - the yellow tab ends on the hand-out stickers" - ^Jesus loves you^ - and I didn't argue - Maam loves me // 

Happy Halloween - of seven Holidays - not including all Man's president's day - Columbus A Bumpus - into North a where it was - and King - all men's holidays - except for evil witch woman's day - and O thanksgiving - but she is in the kitchen and unseen - while the men are out front - bragging about the peasants they have shot // 

Imagine dragoons and demons - Who is your alter you ? if you could do what they don't let you do - as much for kids sake - as anything else : like the Chicago Tribune annual etched one Sunday pictorial - in yellow and red dim - Indians in the smoke of a log fire in the forest - that was my world // 

No different now than-then love - always a dare quested whenegade - last one lust is it : The beauty of others - and I thought you were good a year ago - to-re be markable now : Not serious I hope - Bruno Fars - when I was your Maamed - what was the wording again ? is that a direct order ? Do we have direct for-hers : 

Perform sounds pretty direct - another interesting confess - you have got-me into : My witch this is rich - O hike a stitch - I am needled in may-hung - green and orange yarn - an urn for a flower-stuck shooting shower - and at the base and stump - a wild yard of dark entanglement is hedged-off - with a little white picket fence round the of scene will-lock - 

and it's called the um-teenth hole - an ought-her spot - "call me maybe" - Since it's All-be-seem Day : But in wag - tale does the dog spelled backwards - "Does it water itself" ? ^We are feeding it beer and will find out shortly^ - my miss sporty - an eruption like old face full and twice - I am castigated like Christ - if they were Romaam soldiers : Dress me who ? for I never knew was the problem and had no dress-up where why my costume everyday - "They are all costumed" - I said to Maam Tahoe - "only we take too subtle for granted  - but imagine yourself a pilgrim looking at today's color festooned persons about found" // 

Now come I know - it is a which-it day - now getting to be a multi-act say - I were on my shes - "Slob have you met John" ? comes marchin' home - this like an aquariam - very aqua-marine : Wow and people do that while others watch - that for myself : I a performer - "The show must go on amd I am Lipsome the Magnificent - a jack of Maams - swallowing my hide of O be greatest Maam - on Why Ain'ts Day : and I agree whole heartedly - words matter - O do they ! I write for the show Maam - not personal worse in all : 

"I'm praying for the end of time" - after-time the daily ducking - I will be good - defined terms : I - will - be and good : "And your definition - is in your mouth - down south" : Working for my Maam say-some say-more : so succinct are you - I  pose - know furniture - having read all the short stories in October : Does the devil love or hate me webster ? where by definition - the devil loves to hate - not what you ate - but would if invited - in secret of course - O yes - the very secrets of the Monster Maam // 

I write incite to try - the greatness of Maam - be questionables display - for all dismay - he who done-here - with a flower in his peanut salad : and well I can only wonder - if such things are possible - my fitness for it-ness - getting under : Thank You Maam - for a wonderful Halloween - of seem and seen : For myself tonight (see last year) - and I love you now more than then Maam - or is it easy to love a ghost ? A pet kept in a cage - to be led on to stage - one to off and one to on - she rides the wild least round and round - and feeds him before the roar of more - or please less // pM    
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All Blacks' pregame dance: ballet before the bruising

If you've ever seen the New Zealand All Blacks' pre-game "haka," you'd probably call it a war dance.

But it's not. At least not technically.

Sure, the 15 rugby starters face their opponents, contort their faces into masks of anger, and strike their own thighs, forearms and chests with what can only be described as get-out-of-my-way-sucka menace. But their wide-legged stance, knees bent, is a ballet position: second-position plie, the launching pad for any powerful move.
All Blacks' pregame dance: ballet before the bruising
If you've ever seen the New Zealand All Blacks' pre-game "haka," you'd probably call it a war dance.
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Chicago Tribune: Review: 'As You Wish' by Cary Elwes http://dlvr.it/7NRhpZ #Publishing
Review: 'As You Wish' by Cary Elwes
Inconceivable! One of the most beloved films of modern times was a resounding flop at the box office.
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Say goodbye to the Chicago Spire?

Chicago Spire developer Garrett Kelleher and his venture partner appeared unlikely to make a required payment due Friday, based on an email his lawyer sent city officials Friday morning.
Say goodbye to the Chicago Spire?
Chicago Spire developer Garrett Kelleher and his venture partner appeared unlikely to make a required payment due Friday, based on an email his lawyer sent city officials Friday morning.
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Stephen Colbert announces 'Colbert Report' end date

We all knew it was coming, but now we have the date: "The Colbert Report" is ending on Dec. 18.
Stephen Colbert announces 'Colbert Report' end date
We all knew it was coming, but now we have the date: "The Colbert Report" is ending on Dec. 18.
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Cubs make room for Maddon by firing Renteria

The Cubs fired Rick Renteria to make way for Joe Maddon. Thoughts?
Cubs make room for Maddon by firing Renteria
The Chicago Cubs paved the way for Joe Maddon by announcing Friday they have fired manager Rick Renteria after only one season.
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Plainfield Public Library to Host Preschool Information Fair Nov. 8Chicago TribuneParents are invited to find out more about local schools at a preschool information fair on Saturday, Nov. 8 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Plainfield Public Library, 15025 S. Illinois St. Parents are invited to find out …read more Read more here: …
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Why I'm voting for Pat Quinn
Last Sunday in these pages, under the headline "Why I'm voting for Bruce Rauner ," my colleague Steve Chapman explained why he favors the Republican challenger in next week's gubernatorial election.
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https://plus.google.com/100991099625295280659 William Virtue : My Mantra Galvanizing Patience PART ONE I have been waiting patiently for someone, anyone to appreciate...
My Mantra Galvanizing Patience PART ONE

I have been waiting patiently for someone, anyone to appreciate the massive inconsistency and significance in the treatment of three recent intruders to White House,  even while interminably reciting my mantra precipitating patience – Patience is a Virtue, Virtue is a Grace, and Grace is a little girl who would not wash her face – one of the many Virtue jokes I learnt and was subjected to while growing up this one courtesy of Gerald Penso who also declaimed the admonition of a teacher –Virtue, I am going to hurt you.
But I guess even my patience can be exhausted because no one is going to preempt my role as bone collector my Herculean task of cleaning out the modern stables and at Halloween a pagan festival I do not support or celebrate I resume my doomed and foredoomed passion and role of extracting skeletons from closets and causing them to dance and shake their bony behinds for the edification of members of my species:
Intruder No. One
The incident began at about 2:30 p.m. at the White House gates at 15th and E streets NW. Police say Carey had attempted to ram a temporary security barrier outside the White House with her car, then struck a Secret Service uniformed division officer. She then fled the scene, leading police on a chase. 
Video submitted to NBC Washington by AlhurraTV shows the woman's car surrounded by officers with their guns drawn in Garfield Circle, just outside the Capitol. Carey bashes into a barricade, backs up, and then drives away. 
Watch: Woman Leads Secret Service on Chase Near Capitol
 
A woman identified by multiple law enforcement as Miriam Carey, 34, of Stamford, Conn. is seen driving a black Infiniti. Carey tried to ram through a White House barricade Thursday, then led police on a chase that ended in gunfire outside the Capitol, witnesses and officials said. This video is courtesy of Alhurra Television, a U.S. government-funded TV network. (Published Thursday, Oct 3, 2013)
• VIDEO: Woman Leads Police on Chase
Carey then led Secret Service and Capitol Police on a chase to 2nd Street and Maryland Avenue NE, where she crashed into another barricade, sources told NBC Washington's Jackie Bensen.
Dramatic Photos: Chaos Near the U.S. Capitol
 
Initial reports said Carey had exited her vehicle and fired shots -- sources now tell News4 Carey was not armed and did not fire any shots. D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier said Capitol Police and Secret Service fired their weapons.
Carey was shot and killed at the scene. 
Intruder No. Two

• THIS JUST IN    SEPTEMBER 22 
Man who broke into White House had car full of weapons and ammo
 
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The man who scaled a fence and burst into the White House on Friday had a car full of weapons and ammunition at the time of his arrest, authorities revealed Monday.
Prosecutors said 42-year-old Omar Jose Gonzalez had 800 rounds of ammunition, two hatchets, and a machete in his car on Friday. He was also arrested in July after a high-speed chase in Virginia in which police discovered his car was loaded with guns and other unsettling items.
Among the items found in Mr. Gonzales' vehicle in July was a mini-arsenal of 11 guns including two shotguns and four rifles, some equipped with scopes and bipods that a sniper would use and "a map of Washington, D.C., with writing and a line drawn to the White House," law enforcement officials said. He also had four pistols, three of them loaded, and a revolver. The inventory of Mr. Gonzales' vehicle listed by the Virginia State Police indicates the items were found stored in his vehicle's "bulky floor." [The New York Times]
Gonzalez on Friday somehow managed to climb a fence, race across the lawn, and enter the White House's north entrance before security tackled him. President Obama and his family had left minutes earlier for Camp David.
 - - Jon Terbush

Intruder Number Three

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Footage of a man kicking a secret service dog after scaling the perimeter fence of the White House
The White House was placed in temporary lockdown on Wednesday after a man jumped over the fence before being quickly apprehended by Secret Service agents and dogs.
Video of the incident taken by TV news cameras shows a man in white shorts just inside the White House fence on Pennsylvania Avenue.
The footage shows the man lifting his shirt as if to show agents that he has no weapons. The man is then seen kicking and then evidently punching at least one Secret Service dog that was released on him before he is surrounded by agents.
It comes less than five weeks after another man, Omar Gonzalez, 42, scaled the perimeter fence carrying a knife, crossed the lawn and broke into the White House East Room.
That incident – on 19 September – sparked an intense debate over the Security Service’s ability to protect the US president and culminated in the resignation of its director, Julia Pierson.

One individual of my acquaintance made the perhaps facetious comment that after the first intruder got inside the White House they should have placed snipers on the roof and technology that alerted these of anyone attempting to scale the fence who would then shoot any intruder at long range.

Now let me slip smoothly into my ultimate iconoclast most cynical individual alive role to state that security personnel demonstrated admirable restraint, even in the incident that occurred after their Director was fired - in respect of the last two intruders - but applied the ultimate sanction to the first who was the least threatening not the least because she never actually breached the perimeter of the White House was ultimately apprehended and her threat nullified and completely negated by being surrounded by security personnel notwithstanding this she was shot in the back five times.

There is no agency or force in the most remote depths of the ocean or in the atmosphere above these bodies of water, under the ground or above it, in any far or near galaxy in an immense universe that would convince me that this woman was not shot so that she would not reveal the identity of the father of the child that she had with her on the back seat of the car when she engaged in her deadly to her foray.

I suggest cynically that this was not a troubled female but one who demonstrates the reality of the adage ‘hell hath no fury like a woman scorned’ who crashed into the barrier to embarrass the father of her child who we might conclude was an African American who also had the power to instruct security personnel to apply the ultimate sanction to this intruder by firing five shots into her completely helpless and defenseless, posing absolutely no threat, back in what was clearly an arbitrary, criminal abuse of power; and, official murder or at least woman slaughter.

 This is the application of the perspective ‘not magic but extended logic’ that was precipitated and developed by telling the truth as much as humanly possible; and, more times than not it creates the accurate description of a problem that is the necessary prerequisite to its solution; but, it is not certainty not infallible but speculation; and, a quite different interpretation could be placed on these events.

It could be that the restraint in handling intruders two and three, that as far as we know these we were not traumatized physically and definitely not killed as was intruder number one, may have resulted from the fact that overzealous security personnel in the protection of the President killed a mentally disturbed woman.

What I am suggesting is that the facts and experiences hitherto precipitated by the of the amorality and outright depravity that taints human existence should have created and reinforced a colossally more cynical attitude among members of the body politic, a not so naïve and trusting attitude which might result in greater transparency in precept and actually become the check and balance on the commission of crimes and misdemeanors of those with their grubby paws on the levers of power.  

Anticipation and prophecy with regards to the unfolding of future events can itself lead to biases and outright inaccuracies, when President Obama first was elected to the highest executive office in this nation a relative outsider and the first African American to be afforded this honor, I began immediately to think what would the Bush Administration do to avoid responsibility for the war crimes and crimes against humanity in which they had engaged during the Attack on Iraq especially because it was difficult to assess what the new President would do. 

When the a US Attorney held the press conference and presumed and assumed the guilt of Governor Christopher Blagojevich which triggered a media feeding frenzy I was certain that this was to be their ‘out’ as it proved to be:

  
Feds: Governor tried to 'auction' Obama's seat
Blagojevich arrested, accused of 'corruption crime spree' over appointment
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Police officers stand guard outside Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's Chicago home on Tuesday after the Democratic politician was arrested by federal authorities.
NBC News and news services
updated 12/9/2008 5:17:40 PM ET
CHICAGO — Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich embarked on a "corruption crime spree" and tried to benefit from his ability to appoint President-elect Barack Obama's replacement in the U.S. Senate, federal officials said Tuesday.
At a news conference in Chicago on Tuesday, U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald called it a sad day for the citizens of Illinois and alleged that the governor tried to "auction off" the Senate seat "to the highest bidder."
He said the alleged behavior "would make (Abe) Lincoln roll over in his grave."
Blagojevich had been arrested hours earlier and was released later in the day after posting a $4,500 bond.

Chicago (CNN) -- Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich was convicted Monday on 17 of the 20 public corruption charges against him related to his attempt to sell the U.S. Senate seat held by Barack Obama before he resigned to become president.

Last August, after a two-month trial and 14 days of deliberation, another jury deadlocked on 23 of the 24 charges Blagojevich then faced. They found him guilty on one count of lying to FBI investigators, a conviction that could carry a prison sentence of five years.
The accusation that Blagojevich tried to profit as he considered whom to appoint to succeed Obama, among other allegations, prompted his impeachment by Illinois' House of Representatives and his removal from office by the state Senate in 2009.

 

Jury Finds Blagojevich Guilty of Corruption

By MONICA DAVEY and EMMA G. FITZSIMMONS
Published: June 27, 2011

The outcome came as a victory for federal prosecutors, whose earlier trial resulted in a deadlocked jury on most counts and led people to wonder whether Mr. Blagojevich’s behavior would ultimately be deemed crass political deal-making or a lot of wishful, blustery talk, but not rise to the level of crimes.
Issuing their verdicts on the 10th day of deliberations, jurors said the accusations related to selling the Senate seat had been the clearest and easiest to resolve, in part because of the audio recordings of Mr. Blagojevich’s telephone calls. In the end, the jurors — 11 women and 1 man, all of whom declined to provide their names to reporters — said they believed they had sent a loud signal to corrupt Illinois politicians, past and future.
“There’s a lot of bargaining that goes on behind the scenes — we do that in our everyday lives, in business and everything,” said the jury forewoman, a retired church employee from the Chicago suburbs. “But I think in the instances when it is someone representing the people, it crosses the line. And I think we sent a pretty clear message on that.”
Rod Blagojevich corruption charges
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Blagojevich corruption scandal
 
Illinois Governor
Rod Blagojevich
 
Federal Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald
Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevichwas found guilty on federal corruption charges regarding the filling of President Obama's vacant Senate seat and other charges.
Accused
• Rod Blagojevich,[1] former Governor of Illinois
• John Harris,[1] Blagojevich's chief of staff
Charges
• Solicitation of bribes in exchange for Barack Obama's vacant Senate seat
• Mail fraud
• Attempting to bribe the Chicago Tribune with state funds
• Abuse of power in attempting to gain campaign contributions from Children's Memorial Hospital
Federal Investigation
• Led by Patrick Fitzgerald
• Began in 2005 (wire-tapping began November 5, 2008)
Results
• Blagojevich impeached, unanimously removed from office and barred from holding office in the State.[2]
• Indicted by a federal grand jury.[3]
• Found guilty of one count of making false statements and a mistrial declared on 23 charges due to a hung jury after 14 days of jury deliberation. All charges against Robert Blagojevich dismissed.[4]
• At retrial, found guilty of 11 charges of corruption related to Obama seat and 6 charges related to pay-to-play dealings for a hospital. Found not guilty of one count and jury deadlocked on one count of pay-to-play related to road construction. Jury deadlocked on one charge of fraud related to Rahm Emanuel.
• Sentenced to 14 years in prison on December 7, 2011.
Rod Blagojevich, former Governor of Illinois, is an American politician under investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation since 2005 for corruption. Blagojevich and his Chief of Staff John Harris were charged with corruption by federal prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald. As a result of the scandal, Blagojevich was impeached by the Illinois General Assembly and removed from office by the Illinois Senate in January 2009. The federal investigation continued after this removal, and Blagojevich was indicted on corruption charges in April 2009.[3] On August 17, the jury found him guilty of one charge of making false statements with a mistrial being declared on the other 23 counts due to a hung jury after 14 days of jury deliberation.[4] On June 27, 2011, after a retrial, Blagojevich was found guilty of 17 charges of corruption (including wire fraud, attempted extortion, and conspiracy to solicit bribes), not guilty on one charge and the jury deadlocked after 10 days of deliberation on the two remaining charges.[5][6] On December 7, 2011, Blagojevich was sentenced to 14 years in prison.[7]
The investigation became public knowledge when a federal judge revealed that Blagojevich was the "Public Official A" in the indictment of Tony Rezko. The case gained widespread attention with the simultaneous arrests of Blagojevich and his chief of staff, John Harris, on December 9, 2008, at their homes by federal agents.[8][9] Blagojevich and Harris were each charged with one count of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and one count of soliciting bribes. The case involved sweeping pay to play and influence peddling allegations, including the alleged solicitation of personal benefit in exchange for an appointment to the United States Senate as a replacement for Barack Obama, who had resigned after being elected President of the United States (see bribery).[10] United States Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald noted that there had been no evidence of wrongdoing by Obama.[11]
After the arrest, Illinois elected officials began calling on Blagojevich to resign. The 50 members of the U.S. Senate's Democratic caucus called on Blagojevich to not appoint a senator and pledged not to seat anyone he attempted to appoint. Legislators introduced bills in both houses of the Illinois General Assembly to remove the Governor's power to appoint a senator and require a special election; however, no such bill passed. Blagojevich did eventually appoint Roland Burris to the seat. Despite attempts to keep Burris from taking the seat in the U.S. Senate, he was eventually allowed to take the oath of office. Within days of Blagojevich's arrest, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan filed a motion with the Illinois Supreme Court seeking to declare the Governor "unable to serve" and strip him of the powers of his office. The court denied the request. Meanwhile, Speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives Mike Madigan (the Attorney General's father) announced that on December 16 he would begin impeachment proceedings. The state House impeached Blagojevich on January 9, 2009, and the state Senate convicted him on January 29, thereby removing him; they also disqualified him from holding further office in the state.[12]
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• 1 Background
• 2 Obama Senate replacement
o 2.1 Roland Burris appointment
o 2.2 Obama's involvement
• 3 Replacing Blagojevich
o 3.1 Calls for resignation
o 3.2 Blagojevich's defense
o 3.3 Court actions to declare Blagojevich unfit to serve
o 3.4 Impeachment
 3.4.1 Impeachment vote and trial
• 4 Placeholder names in the complaint
• 5 Federal grand jury indictment
o 5.1 Response
o 5.2 Conviction
o 5.3 Sentence
• 6 References
• 7 Citations
Background
 
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Blagojevich had been under investigation for corrupt activity for several years, as part of a broader federal investigation by Fitzgerald, code-named Operation Board Games, that had been going on for three years.[13] To date, 15 people have been charged in connection with the investigation.[8][13] Blagojevich had long been suspected to be a target of the investigation, but it was confirmed by U.S. District Judge Amy St. Eve that he was the "Public Official A" referred to in the federal indictment of Tony Rezko.[14] Just before the 2008 United States general elections on November 4, 2008, Federal investigators were granted authority to tape Blagojevich's conversations.[15] On December 8, 2008, in a press conference, Blagojevich claimed "whether you tape me privately or publicly, I can tell you that whatever I say is always lawful and the things I'm interested in are always lawful."[15] He further stated that "if anybody wants to tape my conversations, go right ahead, feel free to do it. I appreciate anybody who wants to tape me openly and notoriously; and those who feel like they want to sneakily, and wear taping devices, I would remind them that it kind of smells like Nixon and Watergate."[15] After a meeting between Blagojevich and Jackson regarding the Senate seat,[15] when asked his thoughts on being the subject of federal tapings, Blagojevich stated, "I don't believe there's any cloud that hangs over me. I think there's nothing but sunshine hanging over me."[16]
 
Mug shot of Blagojevich taken after his arrest.
The public scandal and turmoil began with arrests of Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, a Democrat, and his Chief of Staff John Harris at 6:15 a.m. on December 9, 2008, at their homes by deputies of the United States Marshals Service on behalf of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).[8][9] Blagojevich and Harris were each charged with one count of conspiracyto commit mail and wire fraud and one count of soliciting bribes. The case involved sweepingpay to play and influence peddling allegations, including the alleged solicitation of personal benefit in exchange for an appointment to the United States Senate as a replacement forBarack Obama, who had resigned after being elected President of the United States.[10] United States Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald noted that there had been no evidence of wrongdoing by Obama.[11] The cases are part of a broader federal investigation by Fitzgerald code-named Operation Board Games that had been going on for three years in which 15 people have been charged by Fitzgerald.[8][13]
Prior to the scandal, Blagojevich considered himself as a contender for the 2016 presidential election, but was willing to pursue an interim position as a United States Cabinet member, United States ambassador, or high profile corporate titan instead.[17] The governor's statutory power to appoint a replacement for Obama in the U.S. Senate was something that Blagojevich viewed as convertible currency of the form that could assure this future.[17] Soon after the Presidential election, it became very clear to Fitzgerald from his wiretaps that a sale of the Senate seat was imminent; Fitzgerald immediately pressed for Blagojevich's arrest.[8] After the arrest, the prosecution began proceedings to obtain an indictment from a grand jury, a process that was granted an extension to April 7, 2009.[18][19]
A federal grand jury in Illinois returned an indictment against Blagojevich and five other defendants on April 2, 2009.[3]Blagojevich is the seventh Illinois Governor to have been arrested or indicted;[20] and became the fourth, including Dan Walker, jailed since 1971.[21] In addition to the allegations concerning the Senate seat, Blagojevich has also been charged with
• attempting to extort the owners of the Tribune Company to fire editors at the Chicago Tribune who criticized the governor's handling of state affairs.
• abuse of power concerning release of US$8 million of state funds to Children's Memorial Hospital expecting to obtain a $50,000 campaign contribution.[8][11]
• seeking graft in the form of $2.5 million in campaign contributions (through 2008) from companies and individuals who have received state contracts or appointments.[22] On January 2, 2009 Governor Blagojevich's federal security clearance was revoked by the United States Department of Homeland Security.[23]
In June 2009 it was determined by the judge overseeing the case that the Blagojevich trial would start on June 3, 2010.[24] In the wake of the scandal reform measures are being proposed. Wisconsin Senator Russell Feingold, who at the time was the chairman of the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary's Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Property Rights, has stated that he will introduce a constitutional amendment requiring vacant Senate seats be filled by special elections, as the House of Representatives requires.[25]
Obama Senate replacement
 
Rod Blagojevich (left), Emil Jones(center) and Jeffrey Schoenberg (right) at the Illinois Executive Mansion for a luncheon after Barack Obama launched his 2008 campaign.
Fraud involving the appointment of a senator to fill the Senate seat vacated by Barack Obama is the most notable charge against Blagojevich. Blagojevich was overheard on a recorded phone call saying "I've got this thing, and it's fucking golden. I'm just not giving it up for fucking nothing." He was also recorded as saying, "it's a fucking valuable thing, you just don't give it away for nothing", and that "If I don't get what I want ... I'll just take the Senate seat myself."
Blagojevich allegedly sought the following in exchange for an appointment:[26]
• A substantial salary for himself at either a non-profit foundation or an organization affiliated with labor unions.
• Placing his wife on paid corporate boards where he speculated she might garner as much as $150,000 a year.
• Promises of campaign funds—including cash up front.
• A Cabinet post or ambassadorship for himself to Serbia.
Following Blagojevich's arrest, Richard Durbin, the United States Senator for Illinois who had served alongside Obama, issued a statement regarding the prospective gubernatorial appointment to replace Barack Obama in the Senate: "No appointment by this governor, under these circumstances, could produce a credible replacement".[27] Durbin urged the Illinois General Assembly to quickly set a special election to replace Obama.[28] Durbin noted that Illinois has a need to call a2009 House of Representatives special election to replace then-Representative and White House Chief of Staff-designate Rahm Emanuel in Illinois's 5th congressional district.[29] Both Illinois Senate President Emil Jones and Michael Madigan,Speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives, stated that they would call a session of their respective chambers to consider legislation to establish a special election to fill the Obama Senate seat vacancy.[29][30] Bills were introduced in both houses that would have revoked the Governor's statutory authority to appoint a senator, and would have required a special election instead. Neither house debated the bills, nor were they 


Roland Burris appointment
In the midst of the controversy, on December 31, 2008, Blagojevich appointed Roland Burris, a former Illinois Attorney General and the first African American to be elected to statewide office in Illinois, to the vacated Senate seat.[33] Blagojevich stated that, per the Illinois state constitution, he had sole authority to make such an appointment and that it was his duty to ensure Illinois was fully represented in the Senate.[34] Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White refused to certify Burris' selection for the vacant Senate seat.
Senate leaders argued that Senate Rule 2 requires a senator-designate's credentials to be signed by the state's governor and secretary of state.[35] On January 6, when the 111th United States Congress opened its session, the Secretary of the United States Senate Nancy Erickson rejected Burris's credentials because White had not signed the certificate of appointment.[36][37] Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid ordered that Burris be turned away from the Senate. The lone Democrat to show support for Burris' nomination was Chair of the United States Senate Committee on Rules and Administration Dianne Feinstein, who recognized the propriety of the appointment based on the statutory authority of the Illinois Governor.[37] On January 7, Burris met with Reid and Durbin, the two ranking Senate leaders who stated their support was conditional upon Burris both obtaining the signature of the Illinois secretary of state and testifying under oath before Illinois House of Representatives committee investigating impeachment.

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