The local ABC affiliate in Chicago has learned that a Chicago attorney told the FBI that Rod Blagojevich was a bookie that made regular payments to the Chicago mob during the 1980's. Robert Cooley says that he told the FBI about wrongdoing by Blagojevich years ago.

"When I was working with government wearing wire, I reported, I observed Rod, the present governor, who was running a gambling operation out in the western suburbs. He was paying street tax to the mob out there," said Cooley.

A spokesman for Blagojevich said he could not comment on Cooley's allegations.

ABC 7 has more details here.

This video is from WLS-TV/DT Chicago, broadcast Dec. 17, 2008.

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