Rod Blagojevich's Former Chief of Staff Testifies That Two Firms Were Excluded From State Business When They Did Not Hire Patti Blagojevich

He didn’t think they had done enough to help Patti.”

— John Harris, Former Chief of Staff to Rod Blagojevich

Former Blagojevich chief of staff John Harris said the governor ordered him to block two investment firms from getting state business after they didn’t hire his wife, Patti.

One of them was Citibank, Harris said, after a leader of the firm in Chicago had met with Patti Blagojevich about her work plans and hadn't hired her.

“He didn’t think they had done enough to help Patti,” Harris said.

Harris later testified that he didn’t tell the governor when he learned that Citibank had been selected as one of two firms to underwrite a bond issue for the state’s tollway authority.

Harris also testified that Blagojevich thought running for re-election in 2010 was “a last resort” and that he had no specific goals for what he would do after leaving office.

Harris also testified that Blagojevich was intent on finding his wife, Patti, a paid state post, while he was in office. Blagojevich talked about putting her on the Illinois Pollution Control Board in part because the post paid more than $100,000.