Rod Blagojevich, second Illinois governor headed for prison (+video)
Rod Blagojevich got on a flight for Colorado Thursday morning. By this afternoon, Blagojevich will trade his Oxxford suit for prison khakis
Convicted former Gov. Rod Blagojevich left his home early Thursday morning and hopped in a car, the first leg of a trip that will end with him behind bars in a federal prison in Colorado, and the latest chapter in the stunning downfall of one of the most charismatic political figures in Illinois' history.
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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