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Carol Felsenthal
On Politics

4 years
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Mitt Romney’s Chicago Connection

Willard Mitt Romney—most recently in the news for out-fundraising his fellow GOP presidential hopefuls candidates in the second quarter—was named after J. Willard Marriott, the famous hotelier (and fellow Mormon) who was also best friends with Mitt’s father, George. But the frontrunner for the Republican nomination for president owes his middle name to George’s cousin, Milton “Mitt” Romney, who was a quarterback for…

Carol Felsenthal

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Blago’s Brother Robert: Patrick Fitzgerald ‘Poisoned’ Jury Pool

On Monday, after jurors in the Blagojevich retrial delivered a nearly sweeping guilty verdict, I called the gov’s brother, Robert. Below is an edited transcript of our conversation, in which he accuses U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald of “[poisoning] the jury pool and the media,” and says that the feds used him as a pawn…

Carol Felsenthal

4 years
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Expert Defense Lawyer: Blagojevich Has Grounds for Another Retrial

As jury deliberations continue in the Blagojevich retrial, one of the city’s prominent criminal defense attorneys provides insights on the case. He says that Judge Zagel has acted uncharacteristically “screwy” and unfair, leaving open the possibility of a retrial, and that Blagojevich did remarkably well on the stand…

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Investigation Shows Obama Bundlers Land Cushy Jobs

A must-read investigation shows President Obama is appointing top funders to prestigious posts at a rate greater than his predecessor. Missing from report: two former Chicagoans with the best jobs of all. Plus: startlingly low test numbers from the school system Jean-Claude Brizard most recently ran.

Carol Felsenthal

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Blago On the Hunt for Osama?

Did Rod Blagojevich seriously think he could track down the al-Qaeda mastermind? It’s not as farfetched as it sounds: it wouldn’t have been the first time the former governor had come face to face with a notorious villain on the world stage.

Carol Felsenthal

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Gery Chico to Run for Office Again?

After Election Day, Gery Chico—who fell short of a runoff with Rahm Emanuel—stayed out of the spotlight for a while. The former Daley chief of staff, who once ran Chicago Public Schools and the Chicago Park District, was the only opponent who had even a chance of beating Emanuel in this year’s race for mayor. Here, some highlights from our telephone conversation Tuesday, his first one-on-one interview with…

Carol Felsenthal

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The Blagojevich Sequel Drones On

If the first trial had a certain excitement and air of unpredictability, Monday’s edition of the retrial seemed just worn and wan—much like the defendant. Still, there was a special poignancy because while Blago II droned on at the federal courthouse on Jackson and Dearborn, some blocks east and north at Millennium Park, Rahm Emanuel—“that little [expletive]” in Blago’s taped words—was being inaugurated as mayor…

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