History Of Illinois Governors In Prison
March 28, 2012 by staff
History Of Illinois Governors In Prison, Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich departs his Chicago home Thursday to begin his 14-year prison sentence on corruption charges. The Democrat becomes the second Illinois governor in a row to go to prison for corruption.
Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich leaves his home in Chicago for prison in Colorado. Blagojevich, wearing a dark shirt, sport coat and jeans, had trouble making his way through a crowd of photographers, reporters and well-wishers shortly after 6 a.m.
His wife, Patti, who has appeared with Blagojevich so many times outside the same Chicago home, proclaimed his innocence and who stood crying next to him on Wednesday night, did not accompany him to the car. Nor did his two daughters, who presumably minutes earlier said their goodbyes before heading to a prison where he will spend at least a dozen years.
“Saying goodbye is the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do,” he said. “I’m leaving with a heavy heart, a clear conscience and I have high, high hopes for the future,” A newspaper delivery man handed Blagojevich a paper that he offered to the crowd before climbing into a car to take him to O’Hare International Airport for a flight to Colorado. Then, just as he disappeared into the car, he turned to reporter and said, “I’ll see you when I see you.”
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