Friday, April 11, 2008
Governor Blagojevich, Rezko, Levine, and the Illinois Health Facilities Planning Board
It seems that Stuart Levine is pointing his finger at Tony Rezko. Levine is the star witness in Rezko's fraud trial.
Levine says Rezko--who raised more than $1.6 million for Gov. Rod Blagojevich--used his political clout to engineer corruption on two state boards with millions of dollars riding on their decisions. One of the boards is the Illinois Health Facilities Planning Board. This Board determines when hospitals are built, expanded, MRI's are purchased, etc.
OSF-SFMC in Peoria is well into the construction of its $500 million medical campus expansion. OSF-SFMC was approved to expand by the Illinois Health Facilities Planning Board in 2006. Governor Blagojevich announced his support for OSF-SFMC with a September 4, 2007 release that showed his respect for the medical community of central Illinois. This press release also described the $460 million bond financing OSF-SFMC received from the Illinois Finance Authority(IFA). This was IFA's second largest financing in its history.
Governor Blagojevich really must think alot of Peoria and OSF-SFMC.