Here is the audio file and transcript for the recording played in tape today, Wednesday, July 21.
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Here are the audio tapes and transcripts for recordings played in court today, Monday, July 19.
Here are the audio tapes and exhibits from court today, Tuesday, July 13.
You can view old exhibits and watch videos of Rod Blagojevich being sworn in as governor -- also played in court today -- by clicking here.
Here are the transcripts, audio files and exhibits from court today, Thursday, July 8.
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Here are the transcripts and audio files played in court today, Wednesday, July 7.
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Here are the exhibits presented in court yesterday, Thursday, July 1.
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Here are the transcripts and audio files for tapes played in court today, Wednesday, June 30.
Here are the audio files and transcripts for tapes played in court yesterday and today.
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Thursday, Jan. 24
Here are the exhibits from today, Tuesday, June 22, and yesterday, Monday, June 21 - including the audio files and transcripts for a number of tapes played by the prosecution.
Tuesday, June 22
Monday, June 21
Here are the exhibits from yesterday, Wednesday, June 16, and today, Thursday, June 17.
Wednesday, June 16
Thursday, June 17
Here are the exhibits from yesterday, Tuesday, June 15.
Natasha Korecki and Sarah Ostman Reporting
Fall 2003 -- early 2004: Tony Rezko and Stuart Levine allegedly schemed to split a kickback off a $50 million state pension deal.
Early May 2004: Rezko allegedly used his influence to reappoint Levine to state pension board. Around this time, Rezko served as a fund-raiser on Barack Obama‚s Senate campaign finance committee.
May 2004: FBI visits Stuart Levine at home after hearing criminal activity over a wiretap since April.
June 2004: Sun-Times breaks story involving a shakedown scheme tied to the proposed Edward Hospital and a federal probe into Mercy Crystal Lake Hospital. The Mercy deal is later part of Rezko's indictment.
Jan 2005: Sun-Times reports of a spat between Gov. Blagojevich and his father-in-law, the powerful Ald. Dick Mell (33rd). Mell triggers a probe after charging in a Sun-Times story that Chris Kelly "trades appointments to commissions for checks for $50,000" to the governor's political fund.
March 2005: Governor brags about his "testicular virility" in Mell battle and invites a probe into his administration, saying it is: "Clean as a hound's tooth."
May 2005: Levine indicted in connection with state hospital board business. Feds make clear this is just the beginning.
June 2005: In a controversial purchase, Rezko's wife, Rita, buys vacant lot same day Sen. Barack Obama buys abutting $1.65 million home.
Aug 2005: Levine indicted on Teachers Retirement System board charges.
Oct. 2005: Sun-Times outs Blagojevich as "Public Official A" in a plea deal struck by Chicago attorney Joseph Cari.
Early 2006: Levine secretly cooperates, wears wire.
Sept. 2006: Rezko indicted in two separate cases while overseas.
Sept. 2006: Levine pleads guilty to litany of crimes, working out a 67-month deal. The plea document exposes a dirty underworld involving a Who‚s Who of Illinois political players. Sun-Times identifies the players in a series of articles.
Dec. 2007: Blagojevich aide Chris Kelly indicted on tax charges related to personal gambling debts.
March 2008: Rezko trial begins. Three witnesses testify under oath they talked to governor about campaign donations and access in his administration.
June 2008: Jury returns guilty verdict against Rezko.
Dec. 9, 2008: Federal agents arrest Blagojevich at 6 a.m. at his Ravenswood Manor home.
Dec. 19, 2008: Blagojevich breaks a 10-day silence with a press conference at the Thompson Center, arguing that he is innocent of any wrongdoing. "I will fight. I will fight. I will fight until I take my last breath," he says.
Dec. 30, 2008: Blagojevich names former state comptroller and attorney general Roland Burris to fill Barack Obama's U.S. senate seat.
Jan. 9, 2009: The Illinois House of Representatives votes 114-1 to impeach Blagojevich; Rep. Deb Mell, Blagojevich‚s sister-in-law, casts the lone dissenting vote.
Jan. 30, 2009: Blagojevich becomes the first Illinois governor to ever be impeached from office, following a 59-0 Senate vote.
Feb. 14, 2009: Chicago Sun-Times reveals Roland Burris gave inconsistent statements about his appointment and his discussions concerning fund-raising.
April 2, 2009: Rod Blagojevich formally indicted on corruption charges while he's in Disney World, along with five co-defendants: his brother, Rob Blagojevich; former chief of staff, Alonzo "Lon" Monk; his most recent chief of staff, John Harris; chief fund-raiser Christopher G. Kelly, 50; and Springfield powerbroker William F. Cellini.
June 2009: Patti Blagojevich travels to Costa Rica to appear as a contestant on the game show, "I'm a Celebrity ... Get Me Out of Here!" One of the show's challenges requires her to eat a tarantula.
July 8, 2009: John Harris pleads guilty to wire fraud, making him the first co-defendant to accept a plea deal and agree to testify against Blagojevich.
Sept. 12, 2009: Christopher Kelly commits suicide days before he was set to begin serving an eight-year prison term for tax and mail fraud charges.
October 20, 2009: Alonzo "Lon" Monk pleads guilty to wire fraud.
March 14, 2010: Blagojevich appears alongside Cyndi Lauper, Bret Michaels and others on "Celebrity Apprentice" with Donald Trump.
April 4, 2010: Blagojevich is "fired" from "Celebrity Apprentice" for a lack of leadership and technology skills.
June 3, 2010: Blagojevich and his brother, Rob, both go to trial.
Here are the exhibits from today, Thursday, June 10.