CHICAGO — Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich faces a second federal trial on corruption charges early next year and will stand as the sole defendant following the prosecution’s announcement Thursday that it would drop charges against his brother, Robert Blagojevich.

U.S. District Court Judge James Zagel, who presided over the first trial that began June 3, said he expects the new trial to start as soon as the first week of January.

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