Reporting with Natasha Korecki
Former Blago Chief of Staff and fund-raiser John Wyma testifies that he was "increasingly alarmed about the level of aggressiveness" of the governor's fund-raising in 2008.
"It made me uncomfortable," he testifies, adding that he "withdrew" from fund-raising activities.
Wyma had attended a meeting on Oct. 8, 2008, in which Blagojevich talked about "getting Magoon for 50" -- a reference to allegedly demanding $50,000 from Children's Memorial Hospital CEO Patrick Magoon in exchange for signing a bill that would increase that hospital's reimbursement rates from the state.
Magoon is expected to testify next, likely this afternoon.
Robert Blagojevich also takes a hit in Wyma's testimony about Children's Memorial -- jurors hear a tape of an Oct. 9 voicemail that Robert left for Wyma. Robert is asking Wyma what the plan is for following up with Magoon.
"I think they can do well by us," Robert Blagojevich said on the phone call.
Wyma then testified he was subpoenaed by federal investigators and under federal scrutiny. He then met with investigators and told them about allegations of shakedowns for contributions. They asked Wyma to wear a wire. Wyma said he refused.
"No, I did not feel I had a responsibility to go out and proactively record," Wyma said.
Wyma then said he attended an Oct. 22 fund-raising meeting with the former governor, Robert Blagojevich and Lon Monk. He said the government asked him to attend the meeting so as to not flag anything about the investigation.
Judge James Zagel has called a lunch break. We'll reconvene at 1:30.