Tribune photo by José M. Osorio
April 21, 2009
Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich is surrounded by the media outside of the Dirksen U.S. Courthouse after U.S. District Court Judge James Zagel denied him permission to travel to Costa Rica to participate in a reality TV show. Zagel called modifying the terms of Blagojevich's bail on political corruption charges "a bad idea."
Prosecutors voiced fears that the indicted ex-governor might flee if allowed to go to Costa Rica, noting that he faces 25 to 30 years in prison if convicted. Zagel added that he was sympathetic to Blagojevich's financial condition, but said there were others ways for him to earn money.