CHICAGO — Ali Ata, the former, and first, head of the Illinois Finance Authority, received probation from a federal judge this week for his role in a state public corruption scandal that eventually landed former Gov. Rod Blagojevich in prison.

Ata was named executive director of the authority in exchange for $50,000 in campaign contributions to Blagojevich. He was able to avoid prison by cooperating with federal prosecutors in their pay-to-play probe launched in 2003 known as Operation Board Games.

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