Illinois' former first lady agreed to drop her defamation lawsuit against a Chicago Christian Industrial League official, the two sides said Monday. Terms of the settlement weren't disclosed.
Last year, Patti Blagojevich sued Richard Roberts, the league's senior director of strategy and communications, alleging he defamed her when he accused her of using the homeless charity's donor list to promote her husband's book. Blagojevich was fired from her six-figure position at the charity shortly after the governor's arrest in late 2008. She has said the league never maintained an e-mail list of donors for purposes of outreach and that she created her own list by building on her personal contacts.
A month after her firing, Roberts, who was tapped to resuscitate the struggling charity, told reporters that some donors who got pleas to buy Rod Blagojevich's book, "The Governor," threatened to stop contributing to the league.It's unclear if Patti Blagojevich got the apology she sought in the lawsuit.
— Stacy St. Clair