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Blago Trial: The Prosecution Rests, And The Defense Begins Monday


Blago's lawyers will also play portions of recorded phone calls that they think will help Blago. In one, the former governor discusses how he helped a children's hospital, and says he asked his aide if he could get a campaign contribution for them.

"One is not for the other," Blago says on the recording, according to the Tribune.

The accusations that Blago shook down a children's hospital -- allegedly asking for campaign contributions in exchange for giving the hospital more state money -- are at the heart of the prosecution's case.

The prosecutor's last witness was the CEO of Children's Memorial Hospital, Patrick Magoon. Magoon testified that Blago's brother Rob called him asking for a big donation just a few days after Blago promised a $10 million grant for the hospital.

"I felt threatened, I felt at risk and I felt a little angry," he said, according to the Chicago Sun. "I felt the commitment could be rescinded."

In their cross-examination, defense lawyers tried to prove that their was no explicit quid pro quo. Blago's lead lawyer, Sam Adam Jr., asked Magoon whether he had asked the governor if "really meant one for the other." According to the Sun, Magoon said he hadn't.