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Next up for Blago, reality TV in Costa Rica

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When he was indicted, former Gov. Rod Blagojevich went to Disney World. Now
that he's been arraigned on federal corruption charges, Blagojevich wants to
head off to the jungles of Costa Rica.
Blagojevich has signed on to do a "Survivor"-style reality show "I'm a celebrity, get me out of here" that's to be filmed this June in Costa Rica.
It's a new prime-time NBC program that pays contestants up to $80,000 an
episode. Until they're voted off, anyway.
I should note it was the Sun-Times that first revealed Blagojevich's intentions to get court approval to film a reality TV show in Costa Rica in our online story detailing Blago's circus-like visit to the federal courthouse.
Blagojevich will be on the program along with Nancy Kerrigan, of ice-skating
/ knee-thrashing fame, among others.
One potential hold-up: The former governor first needs to get permission
from U.S. District Judge James Zagel to travel outside the country.
His lawyer, Sheldon Sorosky, asked Tuesday for a hearing in a week, telling
Zagel, "We may be seeking to enlarge his bond for travel purposes."
The reality show will be something new even for the media-savvy Blagojevich,
who went on a national TV and radio blitz earlier this year.
He's doing it in part to bring in some money, sources close to the
ex-governor say. He's been unemployed since the Illinois Legislature booted
him from office in January. His wife, Patti Blagjevich, is also unemployed
after she was let go from her fund-raising job with the Chicago Christian
Industrial League.
Blagojevich is also trying to finish writing his book, which is due in May.
He signed for a six-figure advance for the book earlier this year. It's
expected out in the fall.

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