This didn't come up at the Tony Rezko trial.
But it will.
Ali Ata, a Rezko associate and co-defendant in Rezko's other case -- a loan fraud indictment that's still pending -- said he was in Rezko's Chicago offices with the governor when he handed over a $25,000 campaign check.
More details in the story we just posted online: Ex-aide pleads guilty
Ata says in his plea deal today that he had multiple discussions with Blagojevich about getting named to a state post as his reward for campaign donations.
Why did prosecutors rush to get Ata's plea deal today, which was not previously scheduled?
Ata could be called as a witness in the Rezko trial.