On last day free, Blagojevich offers last word

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CHICAGO (AP) -- Prison-bound former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich says he has faith in his appeal and that his legal saga "is not over."

Blagojevich spoke to reporters outside his Chicago home Wednesday, less than 24 hours before he's due to report to a Colorado prison to begin serving a 14-year sentence for corruption.

With his wife by his side, Blagojevich said preparing to leave for prison is the hardest thing he's ever done.

The 55-year-old Blagojevich was convicted of 18 criminal counts during two trials, including charges the tried to sell or trade an appointment to President Barack Obama's vacated U.S. Senate seat.

Prison authorities haven't confirmed where Blagojevich will be imprisoned. But he asked to go to the Federal Correctional Institution Englewood in suburban Denver.