Sentencing set in Chicago for ex-state official
CHICAGO — A federal judge is set to sentence the former executive director of the Illinois Finance Authority in a "pay-to-pay" scheme where he donated $50,000 to then-Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's campaign in exchange for the state job.
Ali Ata is being sentenced Tuesday, two years after testifying at Blagojevich's first corruption trial.
That trial ended mostly deadlocked. But Ata's testimony helped convict the impeached governor on one count of lying to the FBI about fundraising. Ata didn't testify at Blagojevich's retrial.
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