Lobbying Firm VP Pleads Guilty to Lying About Bid-Rigging

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A woman who worked at the heart of one of the state's most influential lobbying companies Thursday pleaded guilty to lying to federal agents about bid-rigging.

Authorities say Julie Starsiak also promised to cooperate in the ongoing investigation of corruption under former Gov. George Ryan.

Starsiak was a vice president at a firm run by powerful lobbyist Al Ronan. Ronan isn't charged with any wrongdoing, but his firm, Ronan Potts LLC, is named in the bid-rigging indictment, along with Ryan's former campaign manager Scott Fawell and Fawell's assistant.

According to the indictment, Fawell passed Starsiak details about sealed bids on a consulting contract at the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority. She then gave them to a Ronan client that lowered its own bid to win an eleven million dollar contract.