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Three Blago codefendants to appear today

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Three more defendants charged in ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich's case are up in court today to face corruption charges.
They are:
• Former adviser and long-time Blagojevich friend Chris Kelly. This is the third indictment of Kelly, he was previously charged in two other cases. In January, he pleaded guilty to a tax scheme involving his roofing company. He was later charged again in a scheme involving contracts at O'Hare airport. Kelly is named in four counts in the Blagojevich indictment, including racketeering conspiracy, fraud, extortion and attempted extortion conspiracy.
• Springfield millionaire William Cellini. Cellini faces three charges tied to a scheme involving the Teachers Retirement System and an alleged effort to get a firm to pay $1.5 million to the ex-governor's campaign fund in exchange for state business.
• Blagojevich's most recent chief of staff John Harris, who is cooperating with the government and is expected to sign onto a plea deal. Harris was arrested with Blagojevich on Dec. 9. He faces just one wire fraud count. He will be arraigned separately, an hour later than Cellini and Kelly.
The three will appear before U.S. District Judge James Zagel and are expected to plead not guilty to the charges.

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