How the Rod Blagojevich scandal engulfed Illinois; embroiled Barack Obama, Rahm Emanuel, and Jesse Jackson, Jr.
Ali Ata, is one of the last figures to be sentenced in a decade-long legal saga that snared Blagojevich.
Tony Rezko was a former fundraiser for impeached Governor Rod Blagojevich.
The government has portrayed Rezko as the ultimate insider who pulled strings in Blagojevich’s administration.
The last big trial in the case is that of businessman William Cellini, a Springfield Republican dubbed “The Pope” of Illinois politics for his influence in the halls of state power dating back to the 1960s.
Rezko’s attorneys and prosecutors had asked the judge earlier to delay Rezko’s sentencing so he could testify at two upcoming trials in April.