Blagojevich trial adjourns amid cross-exam of aide -

Blagojevich trial adjourns amid cross-exam of aide

CHICAGO (AP) -- The corruption trial of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich has adjourned for the day with defense attorney Sam Adam Jr. in the midst of cross-examining a key government witness.

Adam plans to resume his questioning of Alonzo Monk, a former chief of staff when Blagojevich was governor, on Tuesday.

Monk testified that he believed Blagojevich delayed signing a major piece of racetrack legislation because he was not receiving a $100,000 campaign contribution from a racetrack owner. Under cross-examination, though, Monk said he never heard Blagojevich say he was trying to squeeze the racetrack owner.

Blagojevich has pleaded not guilty to scheming to profit from his power to appoint someone to President Barack Obama's old Senate seat and to plotting to launch a racketeering scheme within the governor's office.

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