Tom Rosenberg recalled hearing of pressures the governor's people were putting on a state board to reward political donors.
He once told GOP power broker Bill Cellini predicted that the way a state board operated, people could end up in court. Rosenberg called up Cellini when he had business stall with the Teachers' Retirement System board. Rosenberg had a feeling that his old nemesis Stuart Levine, who was on the TRS board, was behind torpedoing the deal.
So he called up Cellini, "Because he always knows what was going on.”
Cellini allegedly told Rosenberg in Feb. 2004 that TRS executive director Jon Bauman was under "serious stress."
“Bauman was having serious stress issues because he was being pressured by the governor’s people to invest TRS money into incompetent companies or risky ventures,” Rosenberg said he told Cellini.
“I said, tell him not to do it. He said: 'Jon is not that strong,' Rosenberg said.
“One day, Jon Bauman is going to be raising his hand under oath and he’s going to tell what happened and that day is going to be very bad for Mr. (Chris) Kelly and Mr. Rezko."