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Blago's Former Aide Pleads "Not Guilty"

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    AP - A former top aide in the governor's office pleaded not guilty Thursday to federal charges that he took part in the corruption that prosecutors say swirled around ousted Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

    Alonzo Monk, 50, a longtime Blagojevich friend who served as his chief of staff in the governor's office, was mostly silent at the five-minute arraignment before U.S. District Judge James B. Zagel.

    While he did plead not guilty, federal prosecutors say they expect him to make a deal and take the stand as a government witness if the case goes to trial.

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