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Lon Monk: Chris Kelly behind pay-to-play

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Chris Kelly was the first person to suggest to Lon Monk that he could benefit personally from Rod Blagojevich's position as governor, Monk has testified.

The conversation occurred just before the 2002 election in the garage of the Blagojevich campaign office on Lincoln Avenue.

The polls were leaning in their favor, and Kelly and Monk were pretty sure Blagojevich was going to win over competitor Jim Ryan.

Kelly told Monk "in essence, that the Republicans had been in power for so long and they have been benefiting from the state," Monk said. "And that was something we were going to be able to do now that we were close to Rod and he was going to become governor."

How did Monk feel about this?

"I was intrigued by the topic and I wanted to make money," Monk said.

In the courtroom, Rod is shaking his head and almost smiling. Several jurors are taking notes.

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