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Former Illinois Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich on Tuesday continued to deny all claims of wrongdoing against him, saying he never withheld money from a children's hospital or tried to shake down a builder in exchange for campaign cash. (Associated Press)

Former Illinois Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich on Tuesday continued to deny all claims of wrongdoing against him, saying he never withheld money from a children's hospital or tried to shake down a builder in exchange for campaign cash. (Associated Press)

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