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Blagojevich contributor in court today

By Ben Calhoun, Illinois Public Radio

Chicago, Ill. – Another person with ties to Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich will be arraigned in federal court Tuesday morning.

Ali Ata was indicted last week in connection with Blagojevich friend and fundraiser Tony Rezko. Ata's indictment is significant because it adds another connection between on-going federal investigations and the governor.

It also adds charges and pressure to the case against Blagojevich fundraiser Tony Rezko.

Ata was a major campaign contributor to the governor, putting tens of thousands of dollars into Blagojevich's campaign fund. Later, the governor appointed Ata to head to head the Illinois Finance Authority.

Federal prosecutors alleged Ata used that position to facilitate millions of dollars in fraudulent loans for Tony Rezko.

More specifically, it's alleged that Ata forged a document to help Rezko get fraudulent loans.


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