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Prosecution calls its last witness in Blagojevich case -- hospital CEO

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Reporting with Sarah Ostman

It seems the prosecution is wrapping up its witnesses with a tug on the heartstrings.

The soft-spoken Patrick Magoon, the CEO of Children's Memorial Hospital, just took the stand as the prosecution's final witness.

Magoon, 57, has explained that his hospital is not for profit and doesn't turn away children who don't have the money to pay for their care.

"We try to care for kids irrespective of their ability to pay," Magoon testified.

Magoon sought more money to pay for pediatric specialists at the hospital, a concern he's had for years.

Magoon said he sent Blagojevich a hand-written letter asking for a boost in state funding.

It fell on deaf ears.

Magoon then called on former Cubs manager Dusty Baker to call Blagojevich, saying Baker had done it in the past.

Blagojevich then called Magoon, he said.

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