The federal law enforcement team that brought down former Gov. Rod Blagojevich and numerous advisers was honored today by the Justice Department for the eight-year investigation.
Blagojevich is serving a 14-year prison sentence after his conviction for plotting to sell the U.S. Senate seat vacated by President Barack Obama on his election in 2008. The corruption investigation also nabbed some of the state’s most powerful insiders.
The team -- four federal prosecutors, four FBI agents, a postal inspector, an IRS agent, an Office of Inspector General agent and a paralegal -- was presented with the Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service in Washington.
In a statement about the award, Chicago’s acting U.S. Attorney Gary Shapiro noted the “nights and weekends they worked” as well as their “creativity and brilliance” and “legal and investigative acumen.”
“All of it was with the ultimate purpose of ‘doing the right thing,’” Shapiro said.
Team that brought down Blagojevich honored
(Scott Strazzante, Chicago Tribune / May 19, 2011)