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Blago Schedules Pre-Prison Statement

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Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich leaves his Ravenswood home to go to his sentencing hearing December 7, 2011 in Chicago.

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Rod Blagojevich has a few last words for Chicago before he departs for prison.

Illinois' convicted former governor will make a final public appearance on Wednesday, his publicist said. Blagojevich must report to the Federal Correctional Institution (FCI) Englewood in Littleton, Colo., the next day, on March 15.

Blagojevich will speak outside his Ravenswood Manor home and will not take questions, Glenn Selig said. The time of the statement has not been released.

“Gov. Blagojevich has always stood up and stood tall," Selig said in a statement. "He hasn’t hid. And he has truly enjoyed being out in public. He never considered 'sneaking' out of Chicago and miss an opportunity to say goodbye."

Blagojevich was sentenced in December to 14 years in prison. Last week, he was assigned his prison number, 40892-424.

"It’s difficult to put into words the challenges he and his family now face," Selig said. "But he draws strength from the incredible support he continues to receive from the people of Illinois and beyond.”

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