Blago: ‘Hang Loose' Illinois

Governor says he'll tell his side of the story soon

Gov. Rod Blagojevich says "hang loose" to quote his musical mentor, Elvis.

The scandal-plagued governor says he's just about ready to tell his side of the story.

"I can't wait to begin to tell my side of story, to address you guys and most important, the  people of Illinois," Blagojevich said. "That's who I am dying to talk to."
"There's a time and place for everything and that day will soon be here. And you might know more about that today or no later than tomorrow."
Blagojevich talked to reporters outside his North Side home Wednesday morning as he got ready for a jog. He was asked if running helped as he faces federal corruption charges for trying to sell President-elect Barack Obama's senate seat.

"It's a good healthy thing, clears your mind," the governor said. "I've been running, had to go other places because of you guys," the governor said. "It's a good healthy thing. Hopefully keeps love in your heart."  

Blagojevich's attorney, Ed Genson, is in Springfield Wednesday to take part in legislative hearings that will decide whether to file impeachment charges against the governor. The inquiry was postponed until state lawmakers could get guidance from federal prosecutors and postponing any real action until the governor's attorney arrives. Genson may provide the first hint of the embattled Democratic governor's strategy. The committee's chairwoman said Wednesday's meeting would focus on reviewing the criminal case against Blagojevich but that no witnesses would be called.

Genson, a famously tough Chicago trial attorney, could signal that his legal team will participate fully in the committee's work by cross-examining witnesses and arguing Blagojevich's case. Or he could challenge the committee, perhaps arguing its review shouldn't go forward for some reason.

"He's got a job to do. He knows what he's doing. We are in good hands," Blagojevich said.

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