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Patti Blagojevich marks former governor’s first year in prison

One year to the day after former Gov. Rod Blagojevich reported to prison, his wife, Patti, marked the occasion with a Facebook post, noting how fast the year has gone by but how many ordinary moments her husband has missed.

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The five-paragraph letter, addressed to “Dear Facebook friends,” carefully avoided using the word “prison.” Instead, she simply wrote that a year ago Friday “Rod left for Denver” — a reference to the low-security prison near the Colorado capital where he is serving a 14-year sentence for corruption.

Patti Blagojevich said she also couldn’t bring herself to refer to the occasion as an anniversary, saying that “the word anniversary implies celebration and all that we have been left with is a aching hole in our lives.”

Blagojevich said the year has “flown by so quickly” for her and daughters Amy and Annie, but she lamented all that her husband has missed: “Amy passing her driving test, the musical recitals and even just the ordinary moments at breakfast time before the girls leave for school.”

“Unfortunately, those moments have been stolen from my children and there is no getting them back,” she wrote.

Blagojevich said the family speaks with the former governor every day — though calls are limited by federal prison rules to five hours over a month — and has visited him many times at the Littleton prison.

She revealed that her husband teaches a class on the Civil War to other inmates, is learning to play guitar and jogs a lot.

The family continues to pin its hopes on winning the appeal of his conviction.

“Unfortunately, it is very time consuming. We won’t have answers for at least six more months. But we are very hopeful and truly believe that good things are worth waiting for.”

— Tribune staff

Copyright © 2013 Chicago Tribune Company, LLC

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14 Comments to “Patti Blagojevich marks former governor’s first year in prison”

    Todd Pardee said:
    March 16, 2013 at 7:20 AM

    This is freaking golden!

    Should have thought about this stuff when you guys were stealing!

    HVK said:
    March 16, 2013 at 7:22 AM

    She's lucky she isn't in a cell of her own.

    Don said:
    March 16, 2013 at 8:41 AM

    Oh PLEASE!! Give. Me. A. Break. …. "“Unfortunately, those moments have been stolen from my children and there is no getting them back,” she wrote.

    Perhaps this should have been considered when all the events were taking place that led to Mr Blagojevich being "relocated" to Denver.

    Evangeline said:
    March 16, 2013 at 10:18 AM

    What a way to waste ones life. He should have thought about his family before saying anything at all. The little girls need a father figure and now they are like orphans.

    Mouse said:
    March 16, 2013 at 11:48 AM

    And bad things are worth paying for!! Should have thought about the consequences before being such a thief. Now the state of Illinois is paying too and guess who's footing the bill – we taxpayers!!! Let him rot in prison!

    Tom said:
    March 16, 2013 at 1:19 PM

    I liked, and still do like Blago. I'm not sure he was completely innocent… but, he certainly was no worse than scores of other politicos. Why are they not in prison too? Someone wanted RB taken out. They succeeded.

    bozo said:
    March 16, 2013 at 4:32 PM

    An "aching hole" ?

    . . . . I guess I can somewhat understand that.

    kid1339 said:
    March 16, 2013 at 7:51 PM

    Like I said befor , I wonder what she does while he is gone .

      HVK said:
      March 16, 2013 at 9:56 PM

      Or who she does?

    No Mercy said:
    March 16, 2013 at 9:32 PM

    FREE BLAGO !

    bobhamiltonchicago said:
    March 17, 2013 at 12:29 AM

    It's clear that they have constructed their own reality where Rod is the victim and martyr, sacrificing himself in the name of justice for the greater good of all people on Earth. If Rod were really decent, he would let Patty do something about that ache, unless that's how she got it. I'm serious.

    cool man5896 said:
    April 3, 2013 at 10:59 AM

    does she see anybody.

    coo man5896 said:
    April 3, 2013 at 11:01 AM

    i think shes pretty. it must be driving him nuts, i bet he must wonder what she does on her free time.

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