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Rezko still claims he was wrongfully convicted

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

* I had no idea that Tony Rezko was recently released from prison

More than 250 friends, family, political activists, and government officials attended a special “Welcome Home” celebration on May 12 to honor Antoine “Tony” Rezko who was released from Federal custody only one week earlier.

Rezko served 8.5 years in federal custody allegedly for illegally raising money for former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, who remains in a federal prison serving out a 14 year prison sentence.

In addressing the crowd at the posh Al Hambra Palace Restaurant just west of the Chicago Loop, Rezko told supporters that he was tried and convicted of a crime he did not commit.

“Even though I was indicted, tried and convicted of a crime I did not commit, I am very blessed. I am fortunate to have the friends I have. I am blessed to be born as a Rezko. I am fortunate and blessed to have Danny, Adam and Chenelle call me father. And I am indeed fortunate to share my life with Rita, my wife,” Rezko said naming members of his family who attended and also spoke at the event.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

18 Comments
  1. - SAP - Tuesday, May 31, 16 @ 2:24 pm:

    Wow, that was a fast 8.5 years.


  2. - Stooges - Tuesday, May 31, 16 @ 2:28 pm:

    Was that Tony Rezko talking, or George Ryan? Seems all of these convicted schemers keep singing the same song.


  3. - Ducky LaMoore - Tuesday, May 31, 16 @ 2:33 pm:

    Eight and a half years and he goes to the Alhambra Palace? Ick.


  4. - Blue Bayou - Tuesday, May 31, 16 @ 2:45 pm:

    Finally, a mayoral candidate we can trust.


  5. - Anon - Tuesday, May 31, 16 @ 2:53 pm:

    This is really just a selective reading of the judgement against him. He is not-guilty of 8 of the charges that were filed against him.

    Just gotta ignore the other 16.


  6. - Amalia - Tuesday, May 31, 16 @ 2:55 pm:

    photos from the party PLEASE!


  7. - Annonin' - Tuesday, May 31, 16 @ 2:56 pm:

    and Stu Levine is out in August. can’t wait.


  8. - Langhorne - Tuesday, May 31, 16 @ 2:57 pm:

    “Allegedly”??

    You were convicted, no allegedly about it


  9. - Doug - Tuesday, May 31, 16 @ 3:00 pm:

    Will Obama pardon him?


  10. - Precinct Captain - Tuesday, May 31, 16 @ 3:03 pm:

    ==- Annonin’ - Tuesday, May 31, 16 @ 2:56 pm:==

    Tony & Stu’s Political Zoo coming to a radio station near you!


  11. - Albany Park Patriot - Tuesday, May 31, 16 @ 3:11 pm:

    I wonder if Stuart Levine will care to comment on Bruce Rauner’s description of their relationship and the pension gig.


  12. - Huh? - Tuesday, May 31, 16 @ 3:22 pm:

    That’s your story and you’re sticking to it. Unfortunately, the judge said otherwise.


  13. - den - Tuesday, May 31, 16 @ 3:27 pm:

    I haven’t read enough of his case. However after hearing from Rod’s brother you have to wonder if he was just more fodder that went down with Blago. The feds have way too much leeway with the stuff.


  14. - Keyser Soze - Tuesday, May 31, 16 @ 4:31 pm:

    It’s time for a book. Is there a ghost writer in the house?


  15. - Qui Tam - Tuesday, May 31, 16 @ 4:42 pm:

    His ethics made through the Quinn administration in that “the rules don’t apply to people of consequence”.


  16. - Ron Burgundy - Tuesday, May 31, 16 @ 4:53 pm:

    Yeah, Ducky. If I spent that long in prison and was some big time muckitymuck I’d for sure be going to some place that does better than 3.5 stars on TripAdvisor.

    So he was wrongly convicted? He should tell it to the judge, or the appellate justices.


  17. - DuPage Saint - Tuesday, May 31, 16 @ 5:06 pm:

    Anyone want to name who was at he party? Evidently my imitation lost in mail


  18. - Hank - Tuesday, May 31, 16 @ 6:38 pm:

    Most interesting thing about this article was finding out about this strange non-Policy Institute affiliated site which just happens to be called the Illinois News Network.


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