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'We're Going to Keep Fighting': Blago

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'We're Going to Keep Fighting': Blago

Rod Blagojevich spoke briefly after his sentencing with a tearful Patti by his side.

The former governor quoted Rudyard Kipling's poem "If" and spoke of fighting through adversity.

They accepted no questions before leaving the Dirksen Federal Building to "explain to our kids, our babies Amy and Annie, what happened, what all this means and where we're going from here."

"For Patti and I and especially me," Blagojevich said, "this is a time to be strong, this is a time to fight through adversity, this is a time for me to be strong for my children, be strong for Patti, and this is also a time for Patti and me to get home."

"We're going to keep fighting on through this adversity and see you soon."

Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich quotes Rudyard Kipling in brief remarks to the media after he's sentenced to 14 years on corruption charges.

 

An upset Sheldon Sorosky said little to reporters as he leaves the Dirken Federal Building, but said he'll fight Rod Blagojevich's sentence in the appellate court.

 

U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald reacts to Rod Blagojevich's 14-year sentence and says he hopes it sends a message to public servants and the populace.

 

Gov. Pat Quinn -- Rod Blagojevich's former running mate -- assures the public that he believes in ethics and integrity, and touts the reforms he's enacted since assuming office.

 

Illinois Comptroller and former rival Judy Baar Topinka says Judge James Zagel's 14-year sentence for Rod Blagojevich is a fair one for which she feels no remorse.

 

Attorney Sam Adam Jr. and his father represented Rod Blagojevich in his first trial and remain dedicated to the former governor.

 

Connie Wilson says the 14-year sentence Rod Blagojevich received was more than she expected and said it sends a definite message.

 

Chicago Tribune columnist John Kass discusses Rod Blagojevich's 14-year sentence and says the public bears some of the responsibility of the corruption.

 

Kent School of Law professor Richard Kling discusses where Rod Blagojevich might serve his sentence and what life for the former governor might be like.

 

Kent School of Law professor Richard Kling discusses the message Judge James Zagel was sending in the courtroom comments he made before handing down a 14 year sentence to former Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

 

Attorney Tom Glasgow says Blagojevich's sentence is a "sad commentary" of Illinois politics.

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