At different times in his colorful life, Rod Blagojevich has been a Golden Gloves boxer, an attorney and disgraced former governor of Illinois. Now behind bars in a federal penitentiary in suburban Denver, Blagojevich has become a tutor, mentor and the lead singer in an Elvis Presley-inspired group of convicted musicians.
Blagojevich, 59, in 2012 began serving a 14-year sentence on corruption charges stemming from his offer of President Barack Obama’s vacated U.S. Senate seat in a political insider deal.
At the Federal Correctional Institution in Englewood, he has led the “Jailhouse Rockers,” a name taken from one of Presley’s biggest hits: “Jailhouse Rock,” released in 1957.
“Let’s rock, everybody, let’s rock; Everybody in the whole cell block,” Blagojevich can almost be heard as he prods on the penitentiary’s General Education Diploma “Class of 2013” in a graduation ceremony.
Rock and roll!