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Perks of prison? How about guitar lessons and Civil War history.
Those activities are keeping former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich busy while his attorneys work on an appeal, AP reports said (AP photo left).
Blagojevich is teaching the history course, writes his wife, Patti Blagojevich, on a Facebook post, according to reports. She laments that her husband missing birthdays, holidays and music recitals as well.
He’s staying at a Colorado federal prison in Englewood which actually made a list by Forbes in 2006 for the best prisons to go to.
The Englewood prison offers a recreation yard, gymnasium, weight room, hobby shop, music room and wellness center, according to the Bureau of Prison’s website.
Blagojevich is expected to serve time until 2024, according to the Bureau of Prison’s website, for corruption charges including his attempt to sell or trade President Barack Obama’s old U.S. Senate seat, reports said.
Meanwhile at Seattle’s Sea Tac federal facility, they offer chess club, a workout class for abs and a screenwriting class.
In this courtroom sketch, former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, foreground, and his wife Patti, left, listen as Blagojevich's defense attorney Carolyn Gurland addresses U.S. District Judge James Zagel during his sentencing hearing at federal court in Chicago today. Blagojevich was convicted on 18 corruption counts that include trying to sell or trade an appointment to President Barack Obama's former Senate seat. Reuters story here. (AP Photo/Tom Gianni)
Item: Jury convicts ex-Ill. Gov. Blagojevich at retrial/Michael Tarm, AP
More Info: Rod Blagojevich, who rode his talkative everyman image to two terms as Illinois governor before scandal made him a national punch line, was convicted Monday of a wide range of corruption charges, including the incendiary allegation that he tried to sell or trade President Barack Obama's Senate seat. The verdict was a bitter defeat for Blagojevich, who had spent 2 1/2 years professing his innocence on reality TV shows and later on the witness stand.
Question: Does anyone outside of Chicago and Illinois care about Blagojevich any more?