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Blagojevich to make statement before heading to prison

Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich speaks reporters Dec. 7 as his wife Patti looks federal building Chicago after being sentenced

Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich speaks to reporters Dec. 7 as his wife Patti looks on at the federal building in Chicago after being sentenced for 14 years on 18 corruption counts. | AP Photo

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Updated: April 10, 2012 11:51AM

Rod Blagojevich’s spokesman says the former Illinois governor won’t slip quietly out of Chicago next week on his way to start serving a 14-year prison sentence and plans to make a public statement.

Glenn Selig told the Associated Press that Blagojevich will make the statement in person days before he reports to a federal prison March 15.

He wouldn’t discuss other details.

Since his December sentencing for corruption, Blagojevich hasn’t granted interviews. His attorneys say he wants to enter prison in a dignified way, without media frenzy.

That’s fueled speculation he could leave Chicago days in advance to escape local media.

But Selig says Blagojevich never intended to do that.


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