'What is your opinion...of Gov. Blagojevich?'

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Rezko jurors were asked for their positions on the governor and warned Obama's name ...

...could come up at trial. That came up in a jury questionnaire. (Download file) given to potential jurors before trial.
U.S. District Judge Amy St. Eve released the blank questionnaire to the Chicago Sun-Times Monday. St. Eve, however, will not release questionnaires filled out by jurors, her court clerk said Monday.

There are 12 women and 6 men on the jury. Seven are African American and 10 are white. St. Eve has not publicly ruled the jury will be anonymous, but she neither released their names nor their juror numbers. (During public questioning, potential jurors were referred to only as numbers.)

In the questionnaire, both Blagojevich and Obama were listed among dozens of names of "possible witnesses or persons whose names might be mentioned during this trial." The list of names goes on for three pages. Separately, St. Eve read a pared down list of witnesses in court. That list did not include Obama or Blagojevich. Rezko's lawyers also last week said they had no intention of calling Obama to the stand.

Some highlights in the questionnaire include question 63: "In this trial you will hear testimony about Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich and his administration. What is your overall opinion, if any of Governor Blagojevich?"

The questionnaire also takes more time to ask about jurors' criminal background. That's probably in response to the jury debacle in former Gov. George Ryan's trial, where jurors' undisclosed pasts resulted in the ouster of two jurors for replacements. There's more than a dozen questions exploring potential jurors' experience in the criminal or civil legal systems.

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I am here since 1957.(hungarian imigrant)My home is Chicago or its sub.During this time 3 gov. was put in jail (Kerner,Walker,Ryan)I beleieve Mr Blago.is perfict company for them .My only ??? why Illionois always .Look the Dailys the run the town well, without any major scandal.That is politics in Illionois but I still love to live here.

I THINK BLAGO SHOUD HAVE A NICE CELL RIGHT NEXT TO RYAN. HE SAYS WE DO NOT HAVE MONEY FOR THIS AND THAT BUT WANTS TO GIVE $40 MILLION DOLLARS TO NIU TO REBUILD A NEW BUILDING. WHY DOES HE HAVE TO FLY EVERYDAY TO SPRINGFIELD? WHY CAN'T HE "LIVE" THERE?
I KNOW HIS WIFE WAS NOT HAPPY THERE. WELL GET A LIFE SINCE YOUR HUBBY WAS ELECTED GOVERNOR. OR DO YOU HAVE TO KEEP BOTH OF YOUR EYES ON HIM?????????
TO SPEND 5,000.00 OR 7,000.00 EVERYDAY TO GO TO SPRINGFIELD EVERY DAY IS STUPID. WHAT ARE US SENIORS GOING TO DO WHEN OUR MEDICAL HEALTH CARE IS GOING TO GO DOWN THE TOILET? GO KNOCKING AT MR. BLAGO HOUSE LOOKING FOR MONEY?!
I THINK NOT.
ILLINOIS IS REALLY GOOD FOR HAVING 3 GOV.'S PUT IN JAIL.
I WAS MOVED HERE TO ILLINOIS WITH MY PARENTS AS I WAS ONLY 12 YEARS OLD FROM ANOTHER STATE. THAT WAS IN 1956. THINGS HAVE DONE NOTHING BUT GO DOWN HILL .
WHAT A MESS THE ILLINOIS GOVERMENT IS IN. I CAN NOT WAIT UNTIL MY HUSBAND RETIRES TO MOVE THE HECK OUT OF HERE.
THANK YOU IN ADVANCE

My opinion of Gov. Blago is that he is the typical corrupt Chicago democrat. This was obvious six years ago when he ran for governor. His opponent in 2002, Jim Ryan, said it best during their election when he said "if you think a Chicago democrat like Rod Blagojevich is going to clean up Springfield then you are out of your mind". News reports say that Blagojevich was handing out jobs to family and friends almost immediately after he took office in January of 2003, just like Todd Stroeger. Now I don't have any sympathy for the people of this state and of cook county because you brain dead democrats voted these crooks in, so you will have to live with the consequences of higher taxes and government waste. The fact that people in Chicago think corrupt politicians are "cool" makes us the laughingstock of the country when it comes to politics.

And so why is it that the Clinton's have ties to Rezko and Gov. Blagojevich and this is NEVER mentioned,only Obama time after time...Hillary claims she doesn't even know who Tony Rezko is yet she received campaign funds from Stuart Levin, Joseph Cari, Jr and 1 other co-defendant in this trial. This is ridiculous and its time Americans were made aware of this...I'm glad its going viral online because mainstream media insist on protecting her! SHAME!!

This Chicago establishment welcomed the Clintons warmly in the nineties and remains tied to them in the oughts. Take the political connections between Governor Blagojevich and the Clintons, for example. Blagojevich’s campaign chairman, David Wilhelm, a member of Governor Blagojevich's ‘kitchen cabinet’ along with Antoin ‘Tony’ Rezko among others, was national manager of the Clinton-Gore campaign in 1992. Bill Clinton then appointed Wilhelm as chair of the Democratic National Committee. The Chicago press has reported that a company founded by Wilhelm has been investigated by the feds in connection with the state's teacher pension system. According to the Chicago Tribune, “Hopewell Ventures, whose five principals include former top Blagojevich adviser and 1992 Clinton campaign manager David Wilhelm, secured a $10 million investment from the state Teachers' Retirement System in December 2003.”
Other Clinton-Chicago links include Mayor Daley himself—a heavyweight Clinton supporter from the 1990s to now, see below—and Chicago attorney Kevin O'Keefe, a longtime friend Hillary Rodham Clinton's since they reportedly double-dated together in college. Kevin O’Keefe headed Bill Clinton’s presidential campaign in Illinois, became a Clinton delegate, along with his cousin Bridget, at the 1992 Democratic national convention, and was named Midwest political director for Clinton-Gore as well as co-chair of the Illinois campaign. O’Keefe was later appointed chief of intergovernmental affairs at the Clinton White House. He supported Tom Hynes in the Democratic Senate primary against Barack Obama.
O'Keefe now plays a role in the Hillary Clinton national campaign, of which Chicago businessman J. B. Pritzker is national co-chair. Back when it was Bill Clinton campaigning,


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Natasha Korecki

Natasha Korecki is the Federal Courts Reporter for the Chicago Sun-Times, covering federal news, corruption investigations and trials.

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