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Monday, December 15, 2008

Ill. governor's chief of staff Harris resigns

Image: John Harris

Gerald Herbert / AP
In this Dec. 9 file photo John Harris, chief of staff for Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, leaves the Dirksen Federal Building in Chicago after he was arrested on corruption charges.

CHICAGO - The chief of staff to Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich has resigned, three days after he was arrested on government corruption charges along with his boss.

A Blagojevich spokesman said Friday that John Harris had resigned. He provided no other details.

Blagojevich and Harris were arrested Tuesday morning at their homes. Federal authorities accused them of scheming so Blagojevich could enrich himself through his power to appoint President-elect Barack Obama's replacement in the U.S. Senate.

Both Blagojevich and Harris were released on bond.

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