Former official in Blagojevich administration pleads guilty

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A former top official in Gov. Blagojevich administration pleaded guilty this afternoon to charges tied to a loan fraud scheme involving Tony Rezko.

Ali Ata, 56, of Lemont is expected to plead guilty in a criminal information including making false statements to a federal law enforcement officer and a tax-related count.

Ata is the former executive director of the Illinois Finance Authority.

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it's like d-day...

What I would not give to be a fly on the wall in the Blago household tonight! I can hear Rezko practicing his singing from here. In fact I think I can hear the entire choir warming up!

Big Windy: I was wondering the same thing, Blagojevich finally admitted he has been following the case, "saying that he heard Lt. Gov. Patrick Quinn was at the Rezko party", I would think he and his lawyers are following every word. Do you think he would have the nerve to pardon Rezko? Can he pardon Rezko if he is a coconspirator?
G.Bush pardoned Scooter Libby after a long trial.

And he is another Obama contributor. Wonder if OB will give away that tainted money...

The govenor of Illinois, cannot pardon anyone aqccused in a federal crime only a State of Illinois crime.

Shaking a bank down for major loans is a federal.

This web of lies is falling in like a house of cards.

Thank you anonymous, I was really worried.

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Natasha Korecki

Natasha Korecki is the Federal Courts Reporter for the Chicago Sun-Times, covering federal news, corruption investigations and trials.

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