A probe into bribery and corruption in the approval, financing and construction of Illinois hospitals and medical schools widened with the indictment of a second prominent political player. John Glennon, 53, once a top aide to former Illinois Republican Gov. George Ryan, who faces trial on unrelated corruption charges, was charged with criminal conspiracy for allegedly helping to conceal more than $700,000 in kickbacks. Stuart Levine, former vice chairman of the Illinois Health Facilities Planning Board and a prominent Republican power broker, was charged in an earlier indictment on various criminal counts for allegedly soliciting the kickbacks from a construction company president and investment banker in return for approving projects involving the firms. Glennon allegedly helped Levine disguise the kickbacks through fees paid to Glennon's consulting firm, North American Capital Opportunities. At deadline, Glennon had not returned a call from Modern Healthcare. -- by Mark Taylor
Second political player indicted in Ill. CON scandal
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