Blago gives talk on ethics to students

July 21, 2010 9:12:54 AM PDT
The former Illinois governor facing federal corruption charges addressed Northwestern University students Tuesday night on the subject of ethics.

Rod Blagojevich began by acknowledging some people may question why.

"If I did all the things they said I did, I wouldn't be anywhere near this event," said Blagojevich.

In his opening statements, Blagojevich proclaimed his innocence, accused the federal prosecutor of unethical behavior, and accused legislative leaders Mike Madigan and John Cullerton of practicing what Blagojevich defines as corruption.

"Why is it legal for Madigan and Cullerton to practice law and make money on the backs of Illinois residents because these are the guys who make the rules and I believe that is corruption," said Blagojevich.

Blagojevich repeated his claim that he will be found not guilty and residents of Illinois will learn that the corrupt influences in the state conspired to bring false charges against him.