March 17, 2005

More woes for Blago

City officials alleged Tuesday that a minority contractor at O'Hare International Airport acted as a front for a firm run by Antoin "Tony" Rezko, a top adviser and fundraiser for Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

City officials identified Jabir Herbert Muhammad, the son of Nation of Islam founder Elijah Muhammad, as the president of Crucial. But a statement from the city's Department of Procurement Services said the firm actually is "under the management and control of Panda Express, a majority firm."

Rezko has the licensing rights for the restaurant chain's franchises in five states, including Illinois. He has partnered with the chain's California-based corporate parent to expand the Panda Express brand in the Midwest.

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