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What You Should Know / December 19, 2008 -- The man responsible for helping put away two dozen Chicago crime figures in the 1980s and 1990s says he remembers Rod Blagojevich from those days -- and he says the Illinois governor is a former bookie. Robert Cooley, a mob attorney who voluntarily turned informant for the FBI in the mid 1980s, says Blagojevich regularly paid the Chicago mob to operate his sports betting ring. \"I observed Rod, the present governor, who was running a gambling operation out in the Western suburbs. He was paying street tax to the mob out there,\" Cooley said in a Web interview that aired on Chicago\'s ABC7. He said Blagojevich paid convicted illegal gambling operator Robert \"Bobby the Boxer\" Abbinanti directly.

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