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Chicago Daily Observer 22 January 2013 3 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.

January 18, 2013 Patrick Fitzgerald appointed to University of Illinois Board of Trustees.


  • Bessie said:

    Thank You…

  • Bessie said:

    Don’t forget that the Blagojevich defense team’s’ went after the 302’s to the meeting between Obama and the 4 feds multiple times over the course of 2 trials…The first resquest by Sam Adams came just day’s before the testimony of Tom Balaonoff, Judge Zagel denied the request saying they could NOT have the 302’s unless the defense could show DIRECT contact with Obama…Tom Balanoff testified a few day’s later that he spoke to Obama and that he asked him to act as an emissary between the two political camps. Sam Adams never requested the 302’s again??? Before the second trial Blagojevich’s defense team repeatedly requested the 302’s and repeatedly denied but this time for a different reason…Judge Zagel said that he read the 302’s and “there was nothing there”, really? Cause that is exactly what the defense was looking for, “nothing”…

  • Bessie said:

    Isn’t it interesting that Jeff Cohen and John Chase obtained recordings that were under judicial seal but never requested the 302’s to this meeting and niether did Natasha Korecki for her book??? Have any of Chicago’s “investigative reporters” FOIA’d the minutes to this meeting???

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