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Blagojevich trial: Monk questioned on pension board proposal

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Prosecutor Chris Niewoehner is questioning Monk about a 2003 proposal to combine several state pension boards and the backlash that followed within the governor's circle.

Former fund-raiser Chris Kelly argued at the time that Blagojevich should not combine the boards -- that having fewer total board seats would make it harder for Blagojevich to fund-raise and assert influence over those boards, Monk said.

"It would be easier to make appointments and influence the boards if they remained separate," Monk said. "If you have more people to appoint to these boards, you're going to have more points of contact."

Blagojevich inevitably decided against combining the boards.

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