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Blagojevich on secret tapes: Here is the tape

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Here is the audio file and transcript for the recording played in tape today, Wednesday, July 21.

transcript_12_05_2008_0802am.pdf

Blagojevich on secret tapes: Here are the tapes

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Blagojevich on secret tapes: Here are the tapes

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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.

transcript_10_09_2008_1036am.pdf

transcript_11_10_2008_1012am.pdf

oath_2003_signed.pdf

oath_2007_signed.pdf

ama_study.pdf

springfield_consulting_group.pdf

10_03_contract.pdf

10_08_08_fob_spreadsheet.pdf

magoon_email_1.pdf

magoon_email_2.pdf

magoon_message_1.pdf

magoon_message_2.pdf

Blagojevich on secret tapes: Here are the tapes

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Blagojevich trial: Today's exhibits

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Here are the exhibits presented in court today, Tuesday, July 6.
You can view past exhibits by clicking here.

1069_chestnut_form.pdf

1069_w_chestnut_contract.pdf

850_n_ogden_river_realty.pdf

fob_list_3.pdf

fob_list_4.pdf

fob_list_5.pdf

fob_list_6.pdf

Blagojevich on secret tapes: Here are the tapes

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Here are the transcripts and audio recordings played in court today, Tuesday, June 29.

transcript_11_12_2008_1034am.pdf

transcript_11_12_2008_1044am.pdf

transcript_11_12_2008_1047am.pdf

transcript_11_12_2008_1050am.pdf

Blagojevich on secret tapes: Here are the links

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Here are the tapes played by prosecutors today, Monday, June 28.

transcript_11_21_2008_1035am.pdf

transcript_12_02_2008_0741am.pdf

transcript_12_04_2008_1123am.pdf

Blagojevich on secret tapes: Here are the tapes

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Blagojevich trial: Yesterday's and today's exhibits

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Blagojevich trial: Yesterday's exhibits

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Blagojevich trial: Yesterday's exhibits

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Here are the exhibits for yesterday, Monday, June 14. Today's exhibits will be posted when they are released.

2008 Racetrack Legislative History.pdf

Monk Travel Records Group (redacted).pdf

2006 Legislative History.pdf

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.

Blagojevich trial: Today's exhibits

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