Former Blagojevich aide testifies about ex-gov's inner circle -

Former Blagojevich aide testifies about ex-gov's inner circle

CHICAGO (AP) -- A former top aide to ousted Gov. Rod Blagojevich acknowledges that he's testifying against his ex-boss in hopes of getting a lighter sentence.

Alonzo Monk was Blagojevich's law school roommate and his first chief of staff in the governor's office.

He testified Wednesday about how he met major Blagojevich fund-raisers such as real estate developer Antoin "Tony" Rezko and millionaire roofing contractor Christopher Kelly.

Monk says Kelly and Rezko helped decide who got jobs in the Blagojevich administration.

Blagojevich has pleaded not guilty to scheming to profit illegally from his power to fill the U.S. Senate seat vacated by President Barack Obama and squeeze people for campaign contributions.

Prosecutors tried to show that Kelly and Rezko raised lots of money for Blagojevich and were rewarded influence they would have needed to pull off the alleged schemes.

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