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Jun 23, 2010 1:38 PM by Greg Boyce

Blagojevich jury hears recordings

CHICAGO (AP) - Jurors in Rod Blagojevich's corruption trial are hearing tapes on which the former Illinois governor talks excitedly about getting "something big" in exchange for appointing a friend of the president to his old Senate seat.

The tape was secretly recorded the day after Barack Obama was elected president. Blagojevich is on tape talking about the possibility of getting a lucrative private-sector job if he appoints Valerie Jarrett to the seat. He's also heard asking his former chief of staff what various jobs would pay.

At the defense table, Blagojevich appeared to smile uncomfortably as he listened to the recordings. Blagojevich has pleaded not guilty to scheming to sell or trade
the appointment to Obama's old seat and racketeering

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