John Harris, Gov. Rod Blagojevich's co-defendant in a sweeping political corruption case, resigned Friday as the governor's chief of staff.
Harris dropped off his letter of resignation and will not be going back to the office, according to his lawyer, Terry Ekl. A Blagojevich spokesman confirmed Harris quit.
Harris and Blagojevich were arrested at their homes Tuesday morning on federal corruption charges. Authorities alleged the two conspired in a scheme to shake down campaign donors and politicians for high-paying posts and millions of dollars in campaign contributions.
Harris, 46, came to the Blagojevich administration in September 2005 after working in various roles for Mayor Richard Daley. Harris was being paid $157,032 annually.
—Ray Long and David HeinzmannCopyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun