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Do we have the Dates Correct? As pFitz Dives in Illinois’ Pay to Play Swamp.

Chicago Daily Observer 18 December 2012 5 Comments

November 3 2008: Barack Obama Elected President

November 3, 2008: Tom Balanoff negotiates sale of Senate seat with Rod Blagojevich

Blagojevich met with a labor union official who said he was in contact with Obama and had suggested his adviser Valerie Jarrett be appointed to the Senate seat.

December 1, 2008: Obama meets Blagojevich in Philadelphia

December 8, 2008: Emanuel called Blagojevich Chief of Staff John Harris again and later told the FBI that Obama said on Dec. 7 that he was concerned about Senate Candidate D being appointed. Someone from the Tribune tells Blagojevich that the Feds are taping him

December 9, 2008: Blagojevich arrested at his home

December 11, 208: Obama claims no contact with Blagojevich administration, neglecting to mention Tom Balanoff or Rahm Emanuel

December 18, 2008: Obama is interviewed by 4 Federal agents concerning his attempts to negotiate the sale of the Illinois Senate seat.

Dec 23 2008: Emanuel leaves the country on a “long planned” family trip to Africa

December 24, 2008: White House counsel Greg Craig releases results of his “internal investigation” and declares that Everybody behaved appropriately in the Obama Administration’s negotiations to buy the Senate Seat.

Jan 27, 2010: Skadden Arps hires Greg Craig

August 17. 2010 Mistrial declared in Blagojevich first trial.

June 27, 2011 Blagojevich convicted in second trial

October 22, 2012 Patrick Fitgerald Hired by Skadden Arps working for Greg Craig.


  • Ward Heeler said:

    Whitewashing 101.

  • Bessie said:

    Don’t forget the 2 hour long interview by four federal agents/2 fbi & 2 U.S. Attorneys of then President Elect Obama and his lawyer Bauer…They gave the agents their “internal investigative report” upon arrival and the agents gave it back to them telling Obama/Bauer to hang onto until their investigation was complete…..Bauer gave it to them any way…Funny thing, there was no mention of Balanoff but the feds had him on tape…oops…

    December 18, 2012; Thomas Durkin, Tony Rezko’s partner Daniel T. Frawley’s lawyer gets sworn in to federal judge…Do ya think his accusations of Rezko giving Obama $400,000. had anything to do with it?

  • Votecounter said:

    These aren’t the droids your looking for. Move along

  • Whistleblower said:


    Durkin’s payoff was figured long before that, he was put up in a previous round and Finnerman got the bench.
    They new Durkin would get the nod at a later date, that’s how they do it. That says something about the Frawley situation.
    I think they had Frawley all set for probation and something went wrong.

  • Whistleblower said:

    Rezko’s friend Dr. Ronald Michael and the State Attorney’s Office


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