No jail for businessman in Blagojevich-linked case

May 10, 2012

Associated Press

A lesser-known figure linked to the administration of jailed Gov. Rod Blagojevich has escaped prison time.

A federal judge on Wednesday ordered businessman John Glennon to complete 320 hours of community service and serve two years of probation.

Prosecutors indicted Glennon in 2005 on charges he covered up kickbacks involving state boards controlled by Blagojevich insiders. He pleaded guilty in 2007 to failing to report a felony, which carries a maximum three-year sentence.

As part of a plea deal, the longtime real estate consultant admitted he knew a contractor was inflating the cost of a construction project but said nothing. He also admitted he got $700,000 from the contractor as part of the project.

Glennon will perform his service at the Illinois Small Business Development Center at Governors State University.