Jill Hayden, the former director of the Governor's Office of Boards & Commissions under Rod Blagojevich, has taken the stand.
Prosecutor Chris Niewoehner questioned her about the process by which Blagojevich appointed people to the state's 300 boards and commissions. The governor was tasked with filling 1,500 positions; only a few of those were paid, Hayden said.
Hayden, who reported to then-gubernatorial chief of staff Lon Monk, handled applications for the appointees and oversaw the vetting process. She testified that she frequently saw people recommended for board spots by Tony Rezko and Chris Kelly, and "generally those candidates were taken more seriously."
Judge Zagel has called a one-hour break for lunch. Court will reconvene at 1:30 p.m.