SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
CapitolFax.com
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
*** UPDATED 1x *** No subpoena for Obama…Monk enters new ‘guilty’ plea

Friday, Apr 30, 2010

[Posted by Barton Lorimor]

* Ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s former chief of staff Alonzo Monk entered a new guilty plea in federal court this morning. The Sun-Times reports…

Monk, 51, admitted to attempting to extort a horse-racing businessman for a campaign contribution in exchange for getting a bill signed.

Monk is cooperating with investigators and pleaded guilty again after prosecutors filed new charges, crafted to deal with a possible future ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court that experts say could strike down of the federal “honest services” fraud statute.

Monk has agreed to serve 24 months in prison.

Monk is reportedly going to testify against his former employer. The Tribune has more…

Monk is expected to testify that Blagojevich and three of his closest friends - including Monk - schemed from the outset of his administration to enrich themselves by leveraging the powers of Blagojevich’s office.

Monk is expected to tell the jury how the four — a group that also included key fundraisers Christopher Kelly and Antoin “Tony” Rezko — planned to bring in hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions they could split up when Blagojevich left office.

*** UPDATE *** 12:45 p.m. President Obama will not be served….

The judge overseeing the corruption case against former Gov. Rod Blagojevich has denied a defense motion to issue a subpoena for the testimony of President Barack Obama.

U.S. District Judge James Zagel said he does not believe Obama’s testimony would be material to the charges.
Zagel said the defense motion fell “very short” of demonstrating a need to subpoena the president.

- Posted by Barton Lorimor        


26 Comments
  1. - Stones - Friday, Apr 30, 10 @ 10:49 am:

    Another nail in the coffin.


  2. - Anonymous - Friday, Apr 30, 10 @ 11:03 am:

    Ruh roh Blago


  3. - siriusly - Friday, Apr 30, 10 @ 11:03 am:

    Again, these are the more serious charges with more concrete evidence against Blago. I don’t know why the MSM continues to chase his “kitty” about the Senate seat baloney.

    24 months is that a lot or a little? Does this mean he’s being rewarded for his cooperation or not?


  4. - Deep South - Friday, Apr 30, 10 @ 11:10 am:

    I agree with siriusly, the whole senate seat thing is the least of Blago’s worries. But it is about the only thing that makes of national interest…I mean, it brings Obama, Axlerod, and many others into the story.


  5. - Steve - Friday, Apr 30, 10 @ 11:13 am:

    Question for anyone out there. Why didn’t the Feds wait until after the trial to have Monk sentenced? Why go into the trial with Monk as a convicted felon?


  6. - VanillaMan - Friday, Apr 30, 10 @ 11:16 am:

    Good. I’m glad that Monk will get his.
    With every judicial sentence placed upon those who once made governmental decisions costing us millions, we get one step closer to setting a standard in state government that reaffirms our laws. It is good to sentence politicians to jails.

    NEXT!


  7. - nick - Friday, Apr 30, 10 @ 11:28 am:

    steve - i dont think he has been sentenced yet. if he was already sentenced he could decide not to testify at the trial and still only serve 24 months. i believe the 24 months is the agreed time he will serve for testifying.


  8. - cassandra - Friday, Apr 30, 10 @ 11:36 am:

    The only solution to this public financing of political campaigns.

    VM is right….next! Given the huge rewards (to the greedy and corrupt) in the present system, there are no doubt many “nexts” developing as we speak.


  9. - wordslinger - Friday, Apr 30, 10 @ 12:22 pm:

    I think 24 months is a fairly stiff sentence for cooperating. His lawyers, at least, believe the charge is pretty strong to advise a deal with time and a flip.


  10. - Bill - Friday, Apr 30, 10 @ 12:34 pm:

    Et tu, Monk?


  11. - Gregor - Friday, Apr 30, 10 @ 12:43 pm:

    Bill, you unfairly criticized my comment about this very case the other day as completely wrong and uninformed, so kindly explain for us today how this one is also Madigan’s fault. Your loyalty to the sith lord was once touching; now it is just creepy.


  12. - Louis G. Atsaves - Friday, Apr 30, 10 @ 1:03 pm:

    ===Monk is reportedly going to testify against his former employer===

    Not to quibble but Monk’s former employer is the State of Illinois. Shouldn’t this be changed to “the former governor” or “Rod Blagojevich”?


  13. - Vote Quimby! - Friday, Apr 30, 10 @ 1:05 pm:

    ==Not to quibble==
    It is quibbling :-) But “supervisor” or “hirer” would have been more accurate.

    Wake up, Blago….that “coffee” you smell is a sentence many times longer than Monk agreed to!


  14. - Ghost - Friday, Apr 30, 10 @ 1:09 pm:

    === Monk is expected to tell the jury how the four — a group that also included key fundraisers Christopher Kelly and Antoin “Tony” Rezko — planned to bring in hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions they could split up when Blagojevich left office.=====

    But Rod says he is inncocent and will be vindicated…..


  15. - Pat Robertson - Friday, Apr 30, 10 @ 1:12 pm:

    ==The only solution to this public financing of political campaigns. ==

    Giving the thieves a bigger pot to steal from is a solution to theft?


  16. - dupage dan - Friday, Apr 30, 10 @ 1:26 pm:

    RB & company are going to try to throw everything into this trial including the kitchen sink. I hope Zagel stays in top form - no imitations of Ito, please.


  17. - Anon - Friday, Apr 30, 10 @ 1:44 pm:

    Lon Monk is a deceit man who put in himself in bad position. Enouigh with the bashing. As far as the plea goes, he has actually not pled guilty yet. A recommendation from the Feds will be given for the 24 month sentence. They will be able to invoke on cross that Monk has agreed to cooperation with the Feds. That will be far game, but they will not be able to say that he is a Convicted Felon. There must be a conviction before they can use this in federal court.


  18. - Team Sleep - Friday, Apr 30, 10 @ 1:45 pm:

    This is a good, cautionary tale for future high-level employees who think they need to serve the master regardless of ethics. Mr. Monk was well-connected and could have gotten a lucrative job much earlier than he chose to. I feel no empathy for him. I don’t know about the sentence, though.

    I still think Sam Adam needs to subpoena Val Jarrett, Rahm Emanuel & Dave Axelrod. Why not? If the judge denies the Obama subpoena, let Obama’s peeps answer the fed’s questions.


  19. - BigTwich - Friday, Apr 30, 10 @ 1:58 pm:

    “let Obama’s peeps answer the fed’s questions.”

    The feds do not have questions. Rod has questions and they do not relate to the case against him.


  20. - Anon - Friday, Apr 30, 10 @ 2:08 pm:

    Obama’s peeps testimony is likely to be ruled not relevant by the judge. It is all out of court hearsay. Not likely there going to be showing up anytime soon so don’t hold your breathe.


  21. - Leave a light on George - Friday, Apr 30, 10 @ 2:27 pm:

    Robert the train hasn’t yet left the station but it is warming up, You best get on board.


  22. - Anonymous - Friday, Apr 30, 10 @ 3:10 pm:

    I wish just once the TV talk show clowns would ask Blago about his other charges, and all his cronies that have been found guilty/pled guilty and will testify against him. Just a matter of time, and it will be sweet.


  23. - Six Degrees of Separation - Friday, Apr 30, 10 @ 5:43 pm:

    Lon Monk is a deceit man

    I think you meant “decent”, but I like the typo better :-)


  24. - wordslinger - Friday, Apr 30, 10 @ 6:24 pm:

    Once again, Zagel is not impressed by the Blago and Adam Freak Show. They have to re-think their “strategy.” Zagel’s been to a few too many rodeos for these guys.


  25. - DuPage Dave - Friday, Apr 30, 10 @ 7:16 pm:

    Anyone who rank into Mr. Monk during his brief tenure in state government knew him to be a scoundrel (which is the least offensive word I’ve heard describing him). It is tempting to enjoy too much the downfall of someone like him. It’s better to save one’s schadenfreud for Blago himself.


  26. - Sheridan Road - Friday, Apr 30, 10 @ 8:43 pm:

    34 days and no one’s listening.


Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.


* Reader comments closed for the weekend
* Rauner vetoes several social service bills
* Ok, that's enough
* I truly hate this US Senate race
* Rauner signs life insurance bill
* Question of the day
* State bond sale goes well, but still paid a higher price
* *** UPDATED x1 *** Picking on the little guys
* We've been a sorry state for a long time
* Munger and Mendoza face off in hostile debate
* I'm still befuddled by this move
* *** UPDATED x5 - Motion approved - Noven to withdraw - $421 million budget hit - One appointee appears to be ineligible - The plot thickens as three new board members appointed *** Controversy expected at TRS hearing today
* React to remap reform ruling
* Divided court kicks remap reform off ballot
* Yesterday's blog posts

Support CapitolFax.com
Visit our advertisers...

...............

...............

...............

...............

...............

...............
<


Search This Blog...

Search the 98th General Assembly By Bill Number
(example: HB0001)

Search the 98th General Assembly By Keyword

  
* Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Plus 10 expected at IFA 2016
* Eighth beta for Apple software out for devs, seventh iOS 10 beta for public
* China’s Galaxy Note 7, the same as everyone else’s — 4GB RAM, 64GB storage
* Google Wallet debuts automatic transfers so you can skip “cashing out”
* Android 7.0 factory images are live for most Nexus devices
* Sony Xperia X Compact and Xperia XR specs revealed
* Mobile ad startup AppLovin in talks for $1.5 billion acquisition

* Sale nearly makes history in hard-luck defeat
* Scouting, development shaping Hansen's dominance
* White Sox fall despite Sale's 14-K gem
* Sox acquire Turner from Toronto for Navarro
* Quintana seeks career-high 11th win against Mariners
* White Sox fall despite Sale's 14-K gem
* White Sox fall despite Sale's 14-K gem

...............


Main Menu
Home
Illinois
YouTube
Pundit rankings
Obama
Subscriber Content
Durbin
Burris
Blagojevich Trial
Advertising
Updated Posts
Polls

Archives
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011
January 2011
December 2010
November 2010
October 2010
September 2010
August 2010
July 2010
June 2010
May 2010
April 2010
March 2010
February 2010
January 2010
December 2009
November 2009
October 2009
September 2009
August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
April 2009
March 2009
February 2009
January 2009
December 2008
November 2008
October 2008
September 2008
August 2008
July 2008
June 2008
May 2008
April 2008
March 2008
February 2008
January 2008
December 2007
November 2007
October 2007
September 2007
August 2007
July 2007
June 2007
May 2007
April 2007
March 2007
February 2007
January 2007
December 2006
November 2006
October 2006
September 2006
August 2006
July 2006
June 2006
May 2006
April 2006
March 2006
February 2006
January 2006
December 2005
April 2005
March 2005
February 2005
January 2005
December 2004
November 2004
October 2004

Blog*Spot Archives
November 2005
October 2005
September 2005
August 2005
July 2005
June 2005
May 2005

Syndication

RSS Feed 2.0
Comments RSS 2.0
WordPress

Loading


* Gov. Rauner cuts the ribbon opening the 94th Du.....
* Gov. Rauner cuts the ribbon opening the 94th Du.....
* Illinois Policy | Illinois' comeback story star.....
* Decatur woman can petition to become nurse unde.....
* How Illinois politicians consciously created th.....
* The black hole in the legislative process..
* State's pension payment expected to increase by.....


* Dwyane Wade's cousin fatally shot pushing baby in stroller
* Northwest Indiana seeking to lure Chicago commuters
* Appeals court grapples with unions, free speech, giant rats
* New corn disease found in Illinois field
* EXCHANGE: Scout spends summer cataloging Senators' trophies
* EXCHANGE: Back-to-school shopping is more than crayons
* Chicago students to get free admission to city's top museums
* Prison releases Illinois woman convicted in daughter's death
* Air Force says retired 4-star general under investigation
* The colonel's secret recipe revealed? Not so fast, says KFC

* Despite budget warnings from Rauner, TRS board votes to lower investment estimates
* Progress on U.S. 67 sputters due to lack of funds
* New law makes insurance companies find, pay beneficiaries
* Decatur woman can petition to become nurse under new law
* Illinois redistricting referendum won't appear on ballot
* Comptroller hopefuls argue independence from Madigan, Rauner
* Springfield-area jobless rate remains lowest in Illinois
* Illinois 'Obamacare' health insurance rates up significantly
* Rauner's office warns teachers' pension change could be 'devastating'

* Dwyane Wade's cousin fatally shot pushing baby in stroller
* Rauner is missing a chance to push back on gun crime
* Hedge fund becomes biggest Tronc shareholder
* Hedge fund becomes big Tronc shareholder
* Former CS Publisher John Carroll dies


* Trump tweets about Dwyane Wade cousin’s shooting
* Brown: City says fewer homeless even as Uptown project lags
* Chefs offer their take on perfect picnic sandwiches for Labor Day
* Man charged with emailing boy about sex, traveling to meet him
* John Hudson Sr., church musician from musical family, dead at 72
* Aim for 3 South Side teenagers: ‘Just trying to survive a summer’
* Man charged with Waukegan robberies, home invasion
* THE WATCHDOGS: Park district hired clout contractor CPS fired
* Police: 4 dead, 16 wounded in Chicago weekend shootings
* Man wounded in Englewood shooting


* Pushing back retirement age to 70 would be harder on low-income workers
* What to watch 4: Bears reshuffling offensive line yet again
* LINDA C. BLACK HOROSCOPES for 8/27/16
* 3 Northbrook juveniles rescued after climbing Deerfield water tower
* Supreme Cout nominee Merrick Garland tells Harvard law students careers can be unpredictable
* Dwyane Wade's cousin shot dead while pushing her baby in stroller on South Side
* After obscene tirade, Maine governor calls people of color, hispanics 'the enemy' in drug war
* Kevin White, Bears pass rush on the spot in last tuneup for starters
* Clayton Kershaw could be the Dodgers' postseason wild card
* Kris Bryant ignites 'MVP' chants as Cubs beat Dodgers in 10 innings


The widget AQL4JYGHIY powered by Feed Informer does not exist.


* Despite budget warnings from Rauner, TRS board votes to lower investment estimates
* Progress on U.S. 67 sputters due to lack of funds
* New law makes insurance companies find, pay beneficiaries
* Charles Krauthammer: The bribery standard
* Lloyd Richardson: Tuskegee Red Tails were a force to be reckoned with
* Guest Column: Bradley ad on wrong side of policy, politics
* Decatur woman can petition to become nurse under new law
* Illinois redistricting referendum won't appear on ballot
* Comptroller hopefuls argue independence from Madigan, Rauner
* Springfield-area jobless rate remains lowest in Illinois


* Daily Digest 8/27/16
* Coffee with the Plant Experts 08-27-16
* Normal council, library board to interview architects
* Organization honors mentors, educators
* PODCAST: Saturday SportsTalk 08-27-16
* PODCAST: Terri Reifsteck with Visit Champaign County 8-27-16
* PODCAST: Holder Wealth Management 8-27-16
* PODCAST: Honda BMW of Champaign 8-27-16
* More steps to improve Unit 5 bus system begin Monday
* Jogger's death remains under investigation


* Cubs broadcasters pay tribute to Vin Scully
* Restoration work underway at Gurnee's St. Paul the Apostle Church
* Meadows quickly gets rolling
* North Side wins Wheaton game
* Palatine denies Stevenson

* House lawmakers overcome hurdle on key tra...
* Rodney Davis talks funding with Bloomingto...
* The agency that fought Illiana gets a new ...
* Rep. Dold takes educational cruise down Ch...
* Lawmakers decry high turnover rate of VA h...
* CBD Oil, and politics
* Simon considering state Senate bid
* Killer Congressman Tom MacArthur trying to...
* Shutdown? State may not notice
* Rep. Bob Dold

* Des Plaines Gets $11.4 Million To Purchase......

* Supreme Cout nominee Merrick Garland tells......
* Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland tell......
* Senate Candidates Court Farmers - Alton Da......

* Rauner Signs Sportsmen Bills Aimed at Conservation and Investing in Young Hunters
* John Oliver’s smack-down of charter schools.
* Keeping retirement weird. Learning theory and the ukulele.
* Back To School Picnic On Wednesday
* Even nonpartisan attempt at redistricting reform was partisan effort
* “The Driver’s Side” – News From The Motorist’s Perspective
* Person Shot At Wilson/Hazel Friday Evening (Updated 3x)
* Person Shot and Killed At Wilson/Hazel Friday Evening (Updated 4x)
* Person Shot At Wilson/Hazel Friday Evening
* Judge Orders Release Of Additional Clinton Emails


* Statement on Redistricting Referendum
* Rauner Administration Takes Action to Help Illinoisans Find Lost Life Insurance Money
* Illinois Residents Encouraged to Register for ‘The Great ShakeOut’ Earthquake Drill - 'Drop, Cover and Hold On’ Drill Set for October 20
* Governor Takes Bill Action
* Illinois Seeking Flexibility to Improve Delivery of Behavioral Health Care




      Hosted by MCS SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax Advertise Here Mobile Version Contact Rich Miller