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This week he was in federal court. This weekend, Rod Blagojevich is slotted to be a guest speaker involving one of Elvis Presley's stepbrothers. Blagojevich is a longtime Elvis aficionado and has been known to impersonate the King.
This from Blagojevich's PR people:
PRNewsChannel) / April 21, 2010 / OAK LAWN, Ill. / Former Illinois governor and life-long Elvis Presley admirer Rod Blagojevich has accepted an invitation to attend a speaking event featuring Rick Stanley, one of Elvis' stepbrothers to be held at the Oak Lawn First Church of the Nazarene on Saturday, April 24th at 6:30pm.

"He is probably the most well-known Elvis fan there is in Chicago and I thought he would enjoy meeting Rick and hearing what he had say," says Jeff Grindle, associate pastor at the church and organizer of the event. "I also wanted the governor to know that I was praying for him and he had a friend here."

Stanley is one of the three stepbrothers Presley had when his father remarried. In a true, rags-to-riches story, Stanley went from living at a foster care facility to living with Elvis at Graceland. In his insightful look into Elvis' inner circle and private life, Stanley shares the details of Presley's generous and loving nature.

"(After we arrived at Graceland) We woke up the next day to find three bikes, three dogs, three cats, three ponies, three swing sets; three of everything little boys would want," says Stanley. "Elvis had sent his employees to stores that night to find everything and he broke his sleeping-all-day routine just so he could see our faces when we saw all this stuff!"

Stanley's story will give a family member's insight into what Elvis was really like.

Earlier this year, the former Illinois governor was named the #2 all-time Elvis impersonator by TIME magazine, and became an Internet sensation after performing an Elvis classic at a corporate event in Chicago last year.

"It was so nice of the pastor to reach out to me like this and to invite me to the event," says Blagojevich. "I look forward to meeting the pastor, Rick Stanley and everyone at the Elvis event."

The event is free and open to the public.

For more information on the event, please visit www.OakLawnFirst.org, or call (708)-599-5559

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