Rod Blagojevich's Former Chief of Staff Testifies that Patti Blagojevich Got Paid for Doing No Work

One of the ways fundraiser Antoin "Tony" Rezko got the state's first family money was to hire Patti Blagojevich to work for his real estate development firm, Alonzo "Lon" Monk said as his testimony continued this afternoon.

Monk, a onetime close friend and adviser to former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, has been detailing the mechanics of corruption in the administration during his testimony this week. He has had a lot to say about the ways Rezko sought -- and bought -- influence.

Prosecutors contend Patti Blagojevich did no work for approximately $150,000 from Rezko, while the former governor's criminal-defense lawyers have argued she earned the money for her real-estate work.

Patti Blagojevich dropped her real estate business amid increasing scrutiny from the Tribune and federal investigators. A Tribune analysis of public records, along with real estate listings and interviews, revealed her River Realty firm earned more than $700,000 in commissions from people other than Rezko after her husband began raising money in 2000 for his first run for governor. Of those commissions, the Tribune found that more than three-quarters came from clients with political connections.