Tuesday, December 9, 2008


Now-indicted Illinois Governor Blagojevich, a Democrat, is now facing multiple charges of corruption. Blagojevich and his chief of staff John Harris were arrested just after 6:00 a.m. in Chicago today. One of the charges is that he tried to extort the Chicago Tribune to fire a top editor. ...Blagojevich, along with chief of staff John Harris, also tried exerting their influence over the Tribune Company, pressuring executives to fire members of the Chicago Tribune’s editorial board, who were considered too critical of the Governor. Specifically, Blagojevich singled out deputy editorial page editor John P. McCormick. (Politico) John Harris was arrested this morning, too, at the same time that Blagojevich was taken into custody. More from Politico: On Nov. 3, according to a complaint which includes intercepted phone calls, Blagojevich spoke to a deputy about how the Tribune will be “driving” the impeachment process against him. During the call, Blagojevich’s wife gets on the phone and tells the deputy to “to hold up that f—king Cubs s—t… f—k them.” Later, she said to “just fire” any critical writers at the Tribune. RELATED: But first, kill all the editorial writers.... 'Trib' Delayed Governor Wire Tap Story At Fed's Request Ill. Gov. arrested in Obama successor probe The Bench: Alex Armour: Joe Moore for Senate