Blagojevich Pay-To-Play Probe Eyeing Construction Firms

03/12/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • Tim Novak And Chris Fusco Chicago Sun-Times

As part of their "pay-to-play" probe of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, federal investigators are examining state bid proposals and other records from 18 heavyweight engineering and construction companies that made hefty political contributions and got big contracts from the state and from City Hall, records show.

In all, the companies have made more than $3.6 million in campaign contributions since the mid-1990s, a Chicago Sun-Times analysis shows.

More than a third of that -- about $1.3 million -- went to Blagojevich, whose administration gave 11 of the companies $656 million in contracts since 2004.

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