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Blagojevich's Morning After

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The morning after his guilty verdict, former Gov. Rod Blagojevich takes his daughter to school and briefly talks to reporters about persevering.

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Rod Blagojevich says he's using Monday's guilty verdict to show his kids how to deal with adversity.

The morning after jurors convicted the former Illinois governor on 17 of 20 corruption counts, Blagojevich was seen outside his house taking his oldest daughter, Amy, to summer school.

"Through adversity and hardship come good things," Blagojevich briefly told reporters as he got into his car. "That's how I am looking at it."

Blagojevich's attorneys on Monday said they plan to appeal the 11-woman, one-man jury's verdict. The appeal process can't start until after the sentencing, which has not yet been scheduled.

After the verdict, Blagojevich said his first order of business was to get home and explain things to his two daughters. On Tuesday, he seems to have regrouped.

"One of the things that motivates me, has motivated me and continues to motivate me and Patti is to try to show our kids as tough as things can get, you just keep doing the best you can."

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