Blago Says a Prayer

Governor tells ministers that he's innocent

Gov. Rod Blagojevich met privately with several local pastors in his Northwest Side home early this morning.

Blagojevich told the pastors that he's innocent of federal corruption charges and will be vindicated when all the information comes out.

The Rev. Ira Acree of the Greater St. John Bible Church said the governor would not discuss details of the allegations against him, including that he tried to sell President-elect Barack Obama's vacant senate seat.

Acree said the governor is trying to get a legal and political consultation team in place. But he says the governor feels as if everything is closing in on him and that he's not getting "any space or chance to sort anything out."

Rev. Steve Jones, another of the three who knocked on the governor's door at 8 a.m., said the ministers initiated the contact with Blagojevich.

He said they wanted to pray because everyone needs hope.

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