Crain’s Chicago Business:

Blagojevich left his home early Thursday for the trip that will end at a federal prison in Colorado, the latest chapter in a stunning downfall of a charismatic politician that has seemed more like a bizarre reality TV show than a legal battle.

In what has become a familiar scene in the three years since Blagojevich was taken out of his home in handcuffs by federal agents, the former governor bounded down the stairs of his home on Chicago’s North Side as a throng of cameramen, photographers and reporters crushed around him and well-wishers shouted encouragement.

And, as he has done repeatedly before and after his conviction on federal corruption charges, Blagojevich sounded an optimistic and even defiant note.

“I’m leaving with a heavy heart, a clear conscience and I have high, high hopes for the future,” said Blagojevich, wearing a dark shirt, sport coat and blue jeans.

Earlier at Twitchy, the press gaggle outside of Blagojevich’s house.

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