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Illinois Gov Told Jesse Jackson Jr. 6 Years Ago that His Wife Didn’t Get Lottery Job Because He Refused To Donate $25,000 to Campaign

Jesse Jackson Jr/official photo

Jesse Jackson Jr/official photo

It’s no surprise that Gov. Blagojevich may have solicited financial favors long before this latest episode.  But the real news here is that Jesse Jackson also shared information about public corruption with feds in the past several years, according to reports out of Chicago.

By Don Babwin
Associated Press
CHICAGO — Shortly after his 2002 election, Gov. Rod Blagojevich told Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. he didn’t appoint the congressman’s wife as lottery director because he had refused him a $25,000 campaign donation, a person familiar with the conversation told The Associated Press on Tuesday.
“Blagojevich went out of his way to say, ‘You know I was considering your wife for the lottery job and the $25,000 you didn’t give me? That’s why she’s not getting the job,'” the person said, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the ongoing federal investigation.
Jackson’s name has played prominently ever since Blagojevich was arrested last week on corruption charges, including allegations that he tried to sell or trade President-elect Barack Obama’s vacant Senate seat for personal gain.
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U.S. Atty in Chicago Asks Obama Not To Release Report on His Staff & Blagojevich Scandal

Just when you thought things couldn’t get more interesting, the U.S. Attorney makes a special request during the holiday season.

BY ABDON M. PALLASCH
Chicago Sun-Times
CHICAGO — Barack Obama insisted once again Monday that his office did nothing wrong in its contacts with Gov. Blagojevich’s office over a replacement for Obama’s seat in the U.S. Senate – but the president-elect said the feds have asked him to delay release of an internal report that clears his staff.
“We were prepared to release the findings of the review that had been done, which was quite thorough and comprehensive,” Obama told a news conference in Chicago. “The U.S. Attorney’s office asked us to hold off releasing those for a week, and so I would ask for a your patience because I do not want to interfere with an ongoing investigation.”
U.S. Attorney Patrick J. Fitzgerald said he asked for the delay while his office conducts more interviews.
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Chicago FBI Agent Shoots Bank Robbery Suspect Who Tries to Run Him Over

As if there wasn’t enough wild and crazy stuff happening in this town. Here’s the latest — a distraction to the Gov. Blagojevich scandal.

FROM STNG WIRE REPORTS
CHICAGO — A man suspected of robbing a bank in the Uptown neighborhood Monday morning was shot and seriously wounded by an FBI agent downtown near Loyola University’s campus just off of Michigan Avenue when he tried to run over another FBI agent.
Paramedics responded to 111 E. Pearson St. about 10:40 a.m. for a reported shooting, according to Fire Media Affairs Asst. Director Eve Rodriguez.
The suspect had robbed a TCF Bank branch earlier Monday morning in the 4300 block of North Sheridan Road and was tracked to the 800 block of North Michigan Avenue, according to the FBI.
After a short foot chase, the suspect was apprehended, according to a release from the FBI. While he was being taken into custody, the man somehow managed to get behind the wheel of an FBI vehicle, then tried to run over one of the arresting FBI agents with that car, the release said. A second FBI agent, fearing for his partner’s safety, fired one round from his service weapon into the car, striking the suspect.
One person was taken from the scene in serious condition to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Rodriguez said.
No bystanders or FBI agents were injured in the incident, the release said.
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A Moment in History: LBJ and J.Edgar Hoover Chat About Lee Harvey Oswald, Jack Ruby and Polygraphs

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ATF Says Accelerant Was Poured Around Sarah Palin’s Church

Sarah Palin/ official photo

Sarah Palin/ official photo

It may be that this country is not quite ready to give up on the the great political race of 08. Or maybe it’s just a crazy arsonist?

By The Associated Press
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — An accelerant was poured around the exterior of Gov. Sarah Palin’s church before fire heavily damaged the building, federal investigators said Monday. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said the accelerant was poured at several locations around the church, including entrances.
Lab tests will determine the type of substance involved. Possibilities include gasoline, kerosene, diesel fuel or even lamp oil, Agent Nick Starcevic said.
The blaze was set Friday night at the main entrance of the Wasilla Bible Church while a small group, including two children, were inside. No one was injured. Fire authorities were called to the scene at 9:40 p.m., unusually early for many arson fires, Starcevic said.
“It’s kind of odd to do in the evening hours,” he said. “I can tell you that most of the arson fires I’ve worked on are late nighttime, usually when no one is there.”
Palin, the former Republican vice presidential candidate, was not at the church at the time of the fire but visited Saturday. Her spokesman, Bill McAllister, said Monday that Palin knew about the accelerants Saturday morning before a statement she authorized was released that day.
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Hollywood Private Eye Anthony Pellicano Sentenced to 15 Years

Anthony Pellicano/youtube

Anthony Pellicano/youtube

The end of a Hollywood-like life was a painful one for Anthony Pellicano. The only snooping he’ll be doing will be behind bars.

By Victoria Kim
Los Angeles Times
LOS ANGELES — Former Hollywood private eye Anthony Pellicano was sentenced to 15 years in prison this afternoon for running an illegal wiretapping operation that gathered information for a list of well-to-do clients, including celebrities, attorneys and business executives.
U.S. District Judge Dale S. Fischer’s sentence was longer than the five-year, 10-month punishment recommended by the Probation Department.
Pellicano, whose clients and victims ranked among Hollywood’s biggest stars and most powerful executives, was convicted in two criminal trials earlier this year of 78 counts, including wiretapping, computer fraud and wire fraud.
In court papers filed in October, prosecutors asked the judge to sentence Pellicano, 64, to more than 15 years in prison, saying the sleuth was charged with, and convicted of, only a fraction of the crimes he actually committed.
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National Lampoon Executive Charged With Stock Fraud: And That’s No Joke

Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

For National Lampoon , the purveyor of humor, which owns interest in such classic films as Animal House, Monday was no laughing matter.
The company’s chief Executive Daniel Laikin, 46, was among seven people charged in a stock fraud scheme that involved National Lampoon and two other companies that artificially inflated stock prices, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office in Philadelphia.
The investigation, which included the Security Exchange Commission, involved a government undercover “cooperating witness” who was paid a kickback by the defendants to make purchases in the “targeted stock with the objective of artificially inflating it’s value,” the U.S. Attorney’s office said.
According to the charges against National Lampoon’s Laikin, between March and June 2008,  Laikin conspired with a company consultant to pay people, including the government informant, to artificially inflate the price of National Lampoon stock.
One of the people they paid enlisted a Rochester, N.Y. stock promoter who was given about $40,000 to make purchases of National Lampoon stock with the intent to drive up share price, the U.S. Attorneys office said.
Laikin indicated that he wanted the stock to rise from $2 per share to $5 to make it more attractive for strategic partnerships and acquisitions, authorities said. Three of the defendants in Monday’s  case were directly tied to National Lampoon. Others were linked to Advatech Corp of West Palm Beach or Swedish Vegas Inc., of Arcadia, California, authorities said.
Janice K. Fedarcyk, special agent in charge of the FBI in Philadelphia said in a prepared statement that the defendants “defrauded all of the legitimate market investors who bought and sold shares in these companies. The entire investment market suffers when individuals violate legal and fiduciary trust of their positions.”
Marcy Goot, a spokewoman for National Lampoon in Los Angeles, could not be reached immediately for comment.