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Proviso Probe

Saturday, December 31, 2005

KLEPT, local businessman part of corruption investigation [LP]

Chicago Tribune (Virginia Groark and Rick Pearson) reports on the U.S. Attorney's investigation into possible corruption in how the state award restaurant deals on the tollways.
The federal subpoena also sought any correspondence that involves Abdelhamid Chaib, a La Grange Park businessman who is a business partner and friend of Rezko's. The Subway franchises at the oases are owned by a firm headed by Chaib, and documents previously obtained by the Tribune showed Rezko's nephew, Rimon, as the manager of the sandwich shops.

Chaib also has donated $10,000 to the Blagojevich political fund run by Kelly. The governor also appointed Chaib's wife, Lori, to a $15,000-a-year, part-time position to a state board dealing with employment issues.

Contacted Friday, Chaib said he had not been subpoenaed. He would not comment when asked if he had appeared before a grand jury.

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