April 23, 2009 (CHICAGO) --
A former chief of staff who served under ousted Gov. Rod Blagojevich has pleaded not guilty to federal corruption charges. Alonzo Monk was silent for most of the five-minute arraignment Thursday before Judge James B. Zagel. The 50-year-old did acknowledge he was pleading not guilty.
Prosecutors have said publicly, though, that they expect Monk to make a deal and take the stand as a government witness if the case goes to trial.
Monk is charged in just one fraud count in the sweeping 19-count corruption case.
Blagojevich and four other defendants were arraigned earlier.