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    CHICAGO - AUGUST 12: Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich (C) arrives at the Dirksen Federal Building while the jury deliberates in his corruption trial August 11, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. Blagojevich has been charged with corruption while in office, including accusations of trying to sell the U.S. Senate seat vacated by President Barack Obama after Obama's November 2008 election. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

    Is former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich the right man to speak to kids about government?

    A student political convention sponsored by the Junior State of America thinks so.

    When the two-day seminar hosting 500 students from 13 states rolls through the Chicago area in April, Blagojevich will be its keynote speaker.

    “As both a Chicagoland local and the most recognized politician of our generation, Mr. Blagojevich is ideal for this role,” Tony Castagnoli of the JSA said in a release.

    The seminar picks speakers who have "applied their interests in government, politics, and debate towards real-world success," according to the release.

    The address is scheduled for 10 a.m. on April 2, a few weeks before Blagojevich's retrial, in which he faces 23 charges that include trying to sell President Barack Obama's vacated U.S. Senate seat.

    The convention takes place at the DoubleTree Chicago-Oakbrook Hotel.