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January 16, 2009

Hastert referenced in Blago complaint

From Crain's Chicago Business:

Former U.S. House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert is the ex-congressman anonymously referenced in the criminal complaint against Gov. Rod Blagojevich, sources tell Crain’s.

Mr. Hastert, R-Plano, who is not accused of wrongdoing, was referred to as “Individual C” in the federal complaint made public Dec. 9, according to two sources familiar with the case.

The governor mentioned Individual C in an Oct. 22 telephone conversation secretly recorded by federal agents between Mr. Blagojevich and a concrete company executive referred to in the document as “Highway Contractor 1.”

In the conversation, Mr. Blagojevich told Highway Contractor 1 that he was "excited" about the "tollway," an apparent reference to a recently announced $1.8-billion project that calls for new and improved tollway interchanges and the construction of carpool lanes.

The governor then mentioned speaking with Individual C, who is described in the complaint as “a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives who is believed to be attempting to assist Rod Blagojevich in passing a capital bill worth billions of dollars that would benefit Highway Contractor 1 and the trade association with which he is affiliated.”