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Blagojevich lawyer: Former governor wanted Lisa Madigan in exchange for legislative package

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Reporting with Sarah Ostman

On more than one occasion, Rod Blagojevich said he'd be willing to hold his nose and appoint Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan to the Senate seat if he could loosen Springfield gridlock.

Former chief of staff John Harris acknowledges he heard Blagojevich talk of a deal where Madigan would get the seat in exchange for having her father, powerful Speaker of the House Michael Madigan passing a Blagojevich legislative bill that would include health care expansion.

"I heard him say that," Harris says.

"You understood the passion of the governor was for health care, didn't you?" Adam asked.

Harris: "I understood he was passionate about that, yes."


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