Blagojevich chief of staff testified for four straight days as prosecutors tried to show jurors that Blagojevich sought cash and a well-paying job for his decisions as Illinois governor.
Rod Blagojevich was not pleased when he discovered nothing more than a simple 'thank you' was coming from the new President for selecting an Obama aide to fill out his Senate term.
Rod Blagojevich sorted through ways he could benefit personally from the senate seat vacated when Obama won the presidential election, according to testimony and wiretap recordings.
Rahm Emanuel, a congressman in Illinois at the time, agreed to sign a letter to the Chicago Tribune supporting Blagojevich. Hours later Emanuel's staff asked for grant money to be released for a school in his district.
There was no indication of what — if anything — Obama knew about the alleged deal.
Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich faces 24 counts including bribery and racketeering. Outside the courthouse, Blagojevich signed autographs and gave hugs.
Jury selection begins Thursday in the Rod Blagojevich trial on corruption charges. The former Illinois governor's best defense will be his well-honed reputation as a loose cannon.
Rod Blagojevich mouthed off before television cameras on Tuesday, but in the courtroom Wednesday, the judge made it clear he’s in charge.
The prosecution's document detailing charges, released Wednesday, show Rod Blagojevich's power plays started the moment he took office as Illinois governor. His wife and influence peddler Antoin 'Tony' Rezko are alleged to be involved, too.
Both incumbent Governor Pat Quinn and GOP candidate Illinois Sen. Bill Brady won their primary races by slim margins. The race to fill President Obama's former US Senate seat will be hard-fought as well.