Internal Review Clears Transition in Senate Probe - Black Enterprise
Black Enterprise Magazine January-March 2019 Issue

Findings from am internal review conducted by President-elect Barack Obama’s transition team when released will clear Obama and his staff from participating in any inappropriate contact with Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, says Obama.

“There is nothing in the review that was presented to me that in any way contradicted my earlier statements that this appalling set of circumstances that we’ve seen arise has nothing to do with my office,” said Obama.

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, asked the state Supreme Court today to remove Blagojevich from office, claiming he is unfit to serve. Also, her father, Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan appointed a bipartisan committee to review potential impeachment proceedings. Mike Madigan, the former co-chairman of Blagojevich’s re-election campaign and many other Illinois Democrats are now eager to force Blagojevich out. Lisa Madigan is considered one of the top Democratic candidates for governor in 2010.

Obama distanced himself from Blagojevich last week when the governor was arrested for making statements about bartering the senate position to procure an appointment for himself and his wife.

Rahm Emmanuel, Obama’s chief of staff, was caught on court-approved wiretaps talking to Blagojevich, but Obama in a press conference today to announce his energy team, did not directly address whether or not Emmanuel had spoken to the governor about the senate position.

“There was nothing that my office did that was in any way inappropriate or related to the charges that have been brought,” said Obama.

Obama said that the review was thorough and comprehensive and that he was prepared to release the results, but that the U.S. Attorney’s office requested that he wait until Dec. 22. Obama is complying in order to not interfere with an ongoing investigation.

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Marcia Wade Talbert

Marcia is a multimedia content producer focusing on technology at Black Enterprise Magazine. In this capacity she writes and assigns stories to educate readers about social media; digital integration; gadgets, apps, and software for business and professional development; minority tech startups; and careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). In 2012, she received two Salute to Excellence Awards from the National Association of Black Journalists and was recognized by Blacks in Technology (BiT) as one of the Top 10 Black achievers in the tech arena for 2011 at SXSW in Austin, Texas. She has spoken about technology on panels for New York Social Media Week, at The 2012 Rainbow/PUSH Wall Street Summit, as well as at Black Enterprise’s Entrepreneurs Conference and Women of Power Summit. In 2011, chose her as one of 28 People of Color Impacting the Social Web, and through crowdsourcing she was listed as one of BlackWeb2.0's/HP's 50 Most Notable African American Tastemakers in Social Media and Technology for 2010. Since taking on the role of Tech editor in September 2010, she has conceived and produced five cover stories on Technology and/or STEM and countless articles, videos, and slideshows online. Before joining as an interactive general assignment reporter in 2008, she freelanced with Black Enterprise beginning in 2003 while working as the technical editor at Prepared Foods magazine. There she further honed her writing skills and became an authority on food ingredients, including ingredients used in food fortification and enrichment. Meanwhile, her freelancing with Black Enterprise and helped her stay current on issues pertaining to the financial and business welfare of African Americans. As a general reporter for Black Enterprise she attended and reported on the Democratic and Republican National Conventions, where she interviewed Valerie Jarrett, senior advisor and assistant to President Barack Obama and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. Marcia has a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture with an emphasis in food science from the University of Minnesota, and a Master of Science degree in journalism from Roosevelt University in Chicago. En route to her secondary degree, she served as the editor-in-chief of the Roosevelt University Torch, a weekly, student-run newspaper. An avid photographer and videographer, Marcia is one of several employees at BLACK ENTERPRISE who interned for the publishing company as a college student. She lives in New Jersey with her husband, a food scientist; her seventeen-month-old daughter; and “The Cat”, but still considers Chicago home.