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By Mark Davis
The nation founders, the Lone Star State thrives
Topic - Ali Ata
A federal judge sentenced a former Illinois official to four years' probation Tuesday in a "pay-to-play" scheme in which he donated $50,000 to then-Illinois Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich's campaign in exchange for a state job.
"I'm truly sorry for my actions," said Ata, the former director of the Illinois Finance Authority. "I accept responsibility."
Ata said early retirement was not what he wanted.