She defiantly proclaimed her innocence when charged last year, but today former Ald. Arenda Troutman pled guilty to mail fraud and income tax evasion charges.
This is the case in which she was famously captured on FBI wiretapes saying, “Well, the thing is, most politicians are hos.”
Here’s a Beachwood refresher.
For all I know Abby Ottenhoff is an amazingly wonderful person in real life, but really, can you believe anything she says?
Ottenhoff is the latest spinmeister to leave the Blagojevich administration, and her exit interview with Bernard Schoenburg of the (Springfield) State Journal-Register leaves me wondering if she’s an idiot or just a liar. Let’s take a look.
“It’s really been an honor to be a part of this administration,” Ottenhoff said.
And for some, it’s also been a crime.
“The recent trial of gubernatorial fund-raiser Antoin ‘Tony’ Rezko, she said, can be seen as good news for the governor because, while he was convicted of some corruption charges, Rezko was acquitted of ‘issues dealing with Public Official A,’ which was code in court documents for Blagojevich.”
Yes, the testimony of Ali Ata and Joe Cari was wonderful news for the governor! This is a neat bit of spin, but Blagojevich was hardly exonerated by the verdict.
“I think that the governor is in a good place,” Ottenhoff said.
Oh, is he out at Wrigley again?
3 P.M.: It will be read at 3:45 p.m. today. Stay here for witty updates!
3:21 P.M.: Rod Blagojevich right now is . . .
A) Hiding under a desk in his home office.
B) Out for a jog.
C) In San Diego for the Cubs game.
D) Preparing two press releases that both say the same thing: We don’t do business that way.
3:29 P.M.: The magic surface scratch remover! (CLTV commercial)
3:31 P.M.: CLTV’s Carlos Hernandez Gomez reporting live over the phone from the Dirksen Federal Building: It’s a madhouse! (Not his words, but that’s what he means.)
3:35 P.M.: CLTV reports that Blagojevich will make a statement after the verdict is announced.
3:37 P.M.: Around the local dial: Judge Judy on Channel 2; Ellen on Channel 5; Jeopardy! on Channel 7; What I Like About You on Channel 9; Divorce Court on Fox.
3:41 P.M.: This Better Sex site is pretty good.
3:45 P.M.: They’re late.
3:46 P.M.: Apparently now it’s going to be closer to 4.
3:47 P.M.: Rezko has just arrived at the courthouse.
3:48 P.M.: Snor-Enz: The name says it all! (Sticking with CLTV)
3:53 P.M.: AP reports Rezko has been convicted on some counts; Judge Amy St. Eve is reading the verdict right now.
3:56 P.M.: Mixed verdict; still don’t know which counts. Guilty on half or more, according to Tribune political editor Jim Webb.
3:58 P.M.: CLTV crawl: AP reporting Rezko was found guilty on 16 of 24 counts.
4:03 P.M.: Yup. Guilty on 16 of 24 counts. News conferences to ensue.
“The U.S. Supreme Court rejected former Illinois Gov. George Ryan’s appeal of his federal racketeering and fraud conviction Tuesday, all but assuring the 74-year-old will serve out his 6½-year federal prison sentence,” AP reports.
To save time, the Court also rejected Rod Blagojevich’s future appeals.
“The corruption trial of Antoin ‘Tony’ Rezko circled back to Gov. Rod Blagojevich once again Tuesday with a new allegation about a $25,000 bribe being pried out of a once high-ranking administration official to keep contractors from slapping a lien on the governor’s Ravenswood Manor home,” the Tribune reports this morning.
Maybe he couldn’t come to a budget agreement with Patti so he just kept borrowing.