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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