Former Governor Rod Blagojevich told his WLS AM 890 radio audience Sunday that his former fundraiser and close ally Chris Kelly was under pressure from the feds, making the investigators at least partly to blame for Kelly's death over the weekend the Tribune reports today.
Kelly's girlfriend reportedly found him unconscious in his SUV parked outside the Country Club Hills' Forest Lumber near 173rd and Cicero Avenue around 11 PM Friday night. His girlfriend drove him to nearby Oak Forest Hospital, a county medical facility, where Kelly reportedly awakened and became "defensive" with police. Kelly remained at Oak Forest Hospital until he was stablized, at which time he was transferred via ambulance to Chicago's Stroger Hospital. He was pronounced dead around 10 am Saturday morning.
Country Club Hills Mayor Dwight Welch said local law enforcement continues to "piece together" the evidence to determine exactly what happened. Preliminary lab results indicate intoxication of salicylate, contained in anti-inflammatory medications.
Kelly was to begin an 8 year prison sentence on Friday after pleading guilty to federal accusations in court last week.
"Chris Kelly took his life because of the pressure he was under," Blagojevich said during his show on WLS-AM.
"He refused to make it easier on himself to lie about someone else," the Tribunes reports the former governor said, referring to Blagojevich's pending case. "He refused to lie about someone and not stand up for the truth."