In April 2004, Stuart Levine invites Tony Rezko into a private room for dinner at the exclusive Standard Club downtown. Over dinner, Levine and Rezko talk about a series of deals on a state board that could bring them millions of dollars.
“I told Mr. Rezko that there was an opportunity for a lot of money to be made,” Levine said.
At the end, Rezko would make $3.9 million, according to Levine. They dined in a private room on a table that seats six. But only Levine and Rezko dined that night.
Levine said he wanted the meeting to be so exclusive, no one else was around, and even the waiter was asked not to interrupt. Levine said he drew up in his notes how a series of fees would be split. But Levine said he later destroyed his notes. Prosecutors showed a receipt from that night and play tapes showing Levine made arrangements to meet with Rezko. That’s the only evidence, besides Levine’s word, that the meeting occurred. It’s something that the defense is sure to thoroughly question Levine about.