CHICAGO — The promise of personal financial benefits drove former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s decision in 2003 to choose Bear, Stearns & Co. to run the books on the state’s general obligation pension bond sale and to give his go-ahead on the day of pricing to issue the full $10 billion authorization, the governor’s former chief of staff alleged in a plea agreement with federal prosecutors filed yesterday.

The details on the scheme were disclosed yesterday in Alonzo “Lon” Monk’s 31-page agreement with U.S. attorney Patrick Fitzgerald’s office in which he pleaded guilty to one charge of wire fraud. His cooperation — which comes with a recommendation for a 24-month prison sentence — marks a significant advancement as the government builds its public corruption case against Blagojevich, who was stripped of office by the General Assembly in January following his December arrest.

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