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Blago, no one else ‘stunned’ at verdict


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Rod Blagojevich is the third Illinois governor to be convicted of corruption, and the fourth to face prison time since 1973. He said he was “stunned” at the verdict, which found him guilty of 17 of the 20 counts brought against him. Now the question is how much prison time will he receive? (Tribune)

The former governor says he’s using the experience to teach his two young daughters how to deal with adversity. (NBC Ward Room)

Here’s how Illinois newspapers covered the event on their front pages. The Sun-Times nicely captures Blago’s affinity for Elvis. (Newseum)

Former con Betty Loren-Maltese, the former town president of Cicero who did hard time for stealing $12 million from the town, says future con Blagojevich isn’t ready for prison. (Tribune)

Lura Lynn Ryan, the wife of currently imprisoned former gov. George Ryan, died yesterday at 76. She was battling cancer. (Tribune)

Mayor Emanuel held a virtual town hall meeting last night, which allowed him to tout his accomplishments so far. (Sun-Times)

The Chicago Wolves — you know, the minor league hockey team that plays in Arlington Heights Rosemont? — has signed an agreement to be affiliated with the Blackhawks’ archrival, the Vancouver Canucks. (Sun-Times)

Presidential candidate and Iowa native Michele Bachmann confused Iowa native John Wayne Gacy with Iowa native John Wayne. (Washington Post)

Mesmerizing. (Daily Mail)