- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 21, 2009

CHICAGO (AP) - Indicted former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is back in federal court.

Tuesday’s hearing in Chicago comes one week after the ousted former governor said he wants permission to go to Costa Rica to take part in a reality TV show set in the jungle.

A more pressing matter is how much of his campaign fund U.S. District Judge James B. Zagel will let him use to pay his lawyers.

Blagojevich was mobbed by the media when he arrived at the federal courthouse in downtown Chicago.

He had little to say ahead of his hearing, telling reporters he would talk on his way out.

A week ago, Blagojevich pleaded not guilty to federal corruption charges.

Charges include allegations he schemed to sell or trade President Barack Obama’s former Senate seat.

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