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Disgraced former Gov. Rod Blagojevich has the president on his mind.

No, not necessarily the one who just got re-elected and whose vacated Senate seat he tried to sell.

Think back 150 years or so, his lawyer Sam Adam Jr. said Thursday.

"My father sends him two or three books a month, and it's always on the presidents," Adam said, updating reporters about his notorious client's activities these days.

"They've studied the presidents up to U.S. Grant. They're on Grant now, and so they're into Reconstruction."

Adam said his defense attorney father talks to Blagojevich up to two or three times a week while he serves his 14-year prison sentence in Colorado for corruption.

"Blago is the son my father always wanted. I'm the son he got," Adam said.

Adam said Blagojevich is doing "okay."

"He's staying strong" and he's "upbeat," he said.

-Rummana Hussain

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The Kankakee Journal is reporting that former Illinois Gov. George Ryan will be finishing his sentence for corruption in about five months at a West Loop halfway house.

Ryan is serving a 6 1/2 year sentence in the federal prison in Terre Haute, Ind., on a corruption conviction. He's eligible for parole July 4, 2013, but has been trying to secure early release for several years, including his most recent failed bid Monday.

Lawyers for Ryan, who is nearing the end of his sentence, had argued last month that prosecutors had failed to prove he took bribes. But in a 16-page ruling issued Monday, the Seventh U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals disagreed, denying the 78-year-old Republican's appeal.

The Journal report says Ryan would be staying at the Salvation Army Freedom Center in the 100 block of South Ashland Avenue, though the Federal Bureau of Prisons refused to comment.