Federal prosecutors expanded their case against former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich with an indictment that drew his close aides into the scandal and adds new schemes to the list of charges: Pocketing money funneled through his wife through a phony real estate job, shaking down a powerful congressman, and running the state as a racket, reports the Chicago Tribune.
Yesterday’s indictment of Blagojevich, his brother Rob, and four former top insiders could have been anti-climactic. Instead, prosecutors added more chapters to the saga, further pulling his family into the pay-to-play conspiracy, revealing more confidants who turned on him and suggesting he was intent on corruption before he was even sworn in. The Tribune says that after he turned Illinois politics into an amusement-park ride, for allegedly trying to sell President Barack Obama’s Senate seat, Blagojevich spent the day with his family at Disney World.