Donald Feinstein, executive director of the Academy for Urban School Leadership, has taken the stand.
Feinstein is expected to testify about accusations that Rod Blagojevich held up payments of state grant to the school. The governor was allegedly trying to leverage fund-raising help from former Congressman Rahm Emanuel, who represented the school.
The school, which trains future teachers, hoped to turn a parking lot near its 3400 N. Austin location into an athletic field for its students, Feinstein testified.
School leaders were told they had received a $2 million state grant from then-Gov. Blagojevich and announced the project in September 2005. Construction started in spring 2006, he said.