Union Leader Tom Balanoff: I'm A 'Strong Witness' Against Blagojevich
A prominent Illinois labor leader says he'll be helpful to federal prosecutors in a corruption case against former Gov. Rod Blagojevich.
Tom Balanoff is head of the Service Employees International Union Local 1 in Illinois. He told the Chicago Tribune he'll be a "strong witness" for the prosecution.
A criminal complaint alleges Blagojevich tried to sell an appointment to President Barack Obama's former Senate seat for, among other things, an SEIU job.
The Associated Press reported last month that Blagojevich met with Balanoff and national SEIU president Andy Stern a day before Obama's election.
Balanoff hasn't returned a call seeking comment. He isn't charged with wrongdoing.
Blagojevich has denied the allegations. His attorney also hasn't returned a call for comment.