CHICAGO - A plea agreement reached between federal authorities and the former head of the Illinois Finance Authority Ali Ata alleges that an unnamed public official — widely known to be Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich — sought to reward Ata with a top state post in exchange for campaign contributions.

Ata, who is now cooperating with prosecutors, entered a guilty plea to one count of making false statements to a federal law enforcement official and one count of making false statements on his tax return. The charges stem from allegations that he assisted businessman and political fundraiser Antoin Rezko in a fraudulent business deal.

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