Ex-Ill. fundraiser pleads not guilty to corruption

CHICAGO (AP) - Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich's one-time chief fundraiser has pleaded not guilty to federal corruption charges involving multimillion-dollar construction contracts at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport.

Roofing contractor Christopher Kelly entered his plea Wednesday before U.S. District Judge Charles Norgle.

Kelly is accused of engaging in corruption in doing roofing work at O'Hare for American Airlines and United Airlines. Prosecutors contend he overcharged the airlines and paid kickbacks to a consultant who advised the two companies on the value of the work.

Kelly recently pleaded guilty to charges that he obstructed the IRS by paying gambling debts and other expenses with company money and claiming it as a business expense.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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