Blagojevich to say goodbye before prison
Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich leaves his home to go to his sentencing hearing in December.
March 14th, 2012
02:17 AM ET

Blagojevich to say goodbye before prison

Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich will get one last chance to speak his mind Wednesday before he heads to Colorado to start a 14-year prison sentence on a corruption conviction.

Blagojevich has scheduled a news conference outside his house, and will use the occasion to say goodbye, his spokesman said. His prison stint begins Thursday.

"Gov. Blagojevich has always stood up and stood tall. He hasn't hid. And he has truly enjoyed being out in public. He never considered 'sneaking' out of Chicago and miss an opportunity to say goodbye," spokesman Glenn Selig said.

"It's difficult to put into words the challenges he and his family now face. But he draws strength from the incredible support he continues to receive from the people of Illinois and beyond."

Blagojevich's past statements have been noteworthy for their bluster, such as a defiant news conference in April 2010 when he called his accusers "liars" and "cowards" and directly challenged a prosecutor.

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  1. Greek American

    See ya Rod! I hope former Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick will soon join you. Coming to a prison near you.

    March 14, 2012 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  2. chrissy

    lol good afternoon banasy! & no nothing wrong with that, til they try 2 shove it down everyone elses throat. & nothing wrong with believing in it, might be something wrong in believing that if you have a hood over your head people wont know who you are!

    March 14, 2012 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      People can change their opinions, (ie: change their mind) but once a fact is a fact, ya can't change it, no matter how one wishes it.
      I used to think that poster was a generally good man, also.

      The things that BF accomplished are facts.
      New evidence has come into play, (ie, facts) which changes some of the opinions people used to have of him, but the fact of the matter is, they have only added more facts to the fact file.
      There hasn't been anything taken AWAY from the fact fille.
      Those who cannot discern the difference between fact and opinion are largely not facing facts.
      But that's only my opinion.

      March 14, 2012 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy

      banasy©

      I was talking about the kid's poem, and that history isn't fact, but that opinions are.
      My opinion is that you're FOS.
      Is that a fact?

      history isn't fact, but that opinions are.

      March 14, 2012 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |

      March 14, 2012 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  3. chrissy

    Or the difference between fact and fantasy!

    March 14, 2012 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Hopeful

    Hopefully he'll bring a noose and string himself up from a tree in his front yard so I don't have to waste my money on his incarceration

    March 14, 2012 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  5. chrissy

    @ greek american, do live in detroit also? Kwame has a new movie comming out now, profiting from his racketeering ways. Blago will probably do the same.

    March 14, 2012 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
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