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On last day free, Blagojevich offers last word
Ex-Ill. Gov. Blagojevich calls leaving for prison 'hardest thing I've ever done'
By The Associated Press

CHICAGO (AP) ' Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich says preparing to leave for prison is the hardest thing he's ever done.

Blagojevich spoke to reporters outside his Chicago home Wednesday evening, less than 24 hours before he's due to report to a Colorado prison to begin serving a 14-year sentence for corruption. His wife, Patti, was at his side.

Blagojevich said he "actually helped" ordinary people as governor and was honored to have been voted into office.

The 55-year-old Blagojevich was convicted of 18 criminal counts during two trials, including charges that accused him of trying to sell or trade an appointment to President Barack Obama's vacated U.S. Senate seat.

Prison authorities haven't confirmed where Blagojevich will be imprisoned. But he asked to go to the Federal Correctional Institution Englewood in suburban Denver.

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