Early figure in Blagojevich downfall sentenced to probation

Tribune reporter

John Glennon, an early figure in the Operation Board Games probe that ultimately led to the conviction of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, was sentenced today to two years probation for his involvement in a kickback scheme.

U.S. District Senior Judge John Grady also fined Glennon $20,000 and ordered him to perform 320 hours of community service to help train and nurture business entrepreneurs at a small business development center at Governors State University.

Glennon, a onetime influential real estate consultant, pleaded guilty in 2007 to helping conceal $700,000 in kickbacks as part of a bid to win a contract for the expansion of a North Chicago medical school.

Glennon’s sentencing was delayed as the federal probe reached higher and ultimately led to Blagojevich’s 14-year prison term for corruption.


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