Rod Blagojevich's Former Chief of Staff Testifies to Unusual Process in Paying Out Grant for School

No, the process was not typical and quite involved. I didn't experience that process again.”

— John Harris, Former Chief of Staff to Rod Blagojevich

In the fall of 2006, then-gubernatorial chief of staff John Harris started getting phone calls from both Bradley Tusk and then-Congressman Rahm Emanuel's office about a school grant that was turning out to be a big headache, Harris has testified.

Emanuel wanted to know where the money was; Tusk told Harris that the governor would not approve the release of funds. So, Harris testified, he spoke to the governor.

"He seemed to be familiar with it and told me not to approve the release of funds, that he had not approved the release of funds," Harris said.