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Blagojevich fundraiser indicted on corruption charges


Chicago – Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich's former chief fund raiser has been charged with income-tax fraud in a federal indictment that accuses him of hiding more than $1 million in income.

Christopher G. Kelly is a contractor who served as finance chairman of Blagojevich's 2002 campaign. He was among three men indicted Thursday on corruption charges related to state government.

The indictment contends Kelly used business funds to pay gambling debts.

Kelly and a business associate together gave or loaned Blagojevich's campaign more than $600,000, and Kelly is believed to have raised far more than that for the Democratic governor.

Blagojevich is the second consecutive Illinois governor whose administration has become the target of a major corruption probe.