SIU receives subpoena for Blagojevich records

By Gus Bode

SIU General Counsel Jerry Blakemore will conduct a system-wide search of university records in response to a subpoena related to the criminal case against former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, SIU spokesman Dave Gross said Wednesday.

The university’s attorneys received a subpoena late Monday from the office of the U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, which is prosecuting Blagojevich in relation to corruption charges.

Gross said the subpoena seeks records of contact, including e-mails, that include conversations about student admissions between university personnel and Blagojevich or one of four other defendants in the case: Republican powerbroker William Cellini, former fundraisers Tony Rezko and Christopher Kelly, and former chief of staff Lon Monk.


The subpoena follows recent reports that University of Illinois administrators kept a ‘clout list’ of students whom elected officials and lobbyists wanted to be enrolled.

Gross said he did not want to speculate about reports that other state universities, such as Eastern Illinois University and Illinois State University, had not received subpoenas.

‘It may just be a timing thing,’ he said.

Gross said Blakemore would respond to the request by the July 2 deadline, but probably come out empty-handed.

‘I don’t think it’s going to produce any information. I don’t believe there’s any records of that sort,’ he said.

Gross said he had not discussed the matter with SIU President Glenn Poshard.

SIUC spokesman Rod Sievers said Wednesday night he had not heard about the subpoena.