Rod Blagojevich book to be released on September 8, 2009

(The book) gives a firsthand account of what's happened and it's truly eye-opening.”

— Glenn Selig, Blagojevich's publicity agent

Mr. Fitzgerald didn't stop a crime spree. He stopped me from doing a lot of good for a lot of people.”

— Rod Blagojevich

I believe there is a purpose behind all that has happened to us. And maybe God has a plan for me to be an instrument for good. And that the troubles we are facing, the lies, the abandonment, the heartbreak, the pain, are all obstacles in the journey we must make, where like the stories in the Bible, God brings good out of bad.”

— Rod Blagojevich

As he awaits a trial on corruption charges, former Gov. Rod Blagojevich has apparently finished a memoir expected to paint him as innocent.

Blagojevich and his wife have set up a media tour to promote the book, "The Governor," starting Sept. 8 that will include stops at NBC's "Today" show and ABC's "The View," where the governor got his hair famously messed up by a host while he was facing impeachment.

Ousted Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich says in a new book that White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel wanted his help in arranging to leave the Obama administration after two years to reclaim his seat in Congress.

Blagojevich writes in "The Governor" that Emanuel spoke with him about whether it was possible to appoint a "placeholder" to the congressional seat Emanuel was giving up so that he could win back the seat in 2010 and continue his efforts to become speaker some day.

"As we have done for many months, we will continue to decline comment," Emanuel spokeswoman Sarah Feinberg said in an e-mail Monday.

As we have done for many months, we will continue to decline comment.”

— Rahm Emanuel spokeswoman Sarah Feinberg (in an e-mail).

On the morning of his surprise December 2008 arrest by the FBI, former Gov. Rod Blagojevich says he found himself killing time in a holding cell with nothing to read and nobody with whom to talk as he waited for his court appearance.

So the fitness-minded Blagojevich dropped to the floor and did some push-ups.

If his new book, The Governor, is the best Blagojevich can do at making his case against the federal corruption charges hanging over him, he may discover those jail cell push-ups to have been valuable practice, because he'll soon enough be in the same position.

Ousted Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich planned to appoint state Attorney General Lisa Madigan to the senate seat left vacant by President Barack Obama, he said in a new book.

Blagojevich wrote in "The Governor" that the day before his December arrest for attempting to sell Obama's seat in exchange for political favors he planned to appoint Madigan to the Senate seat because he hoped her father, Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan, would help him get a bevy of pet projects through the state Legislature, which was hostile to him.

In the book, the former disgraced governor noted that the idea of appointing Lisa Madigan to the seat "repulsed" him because of tensions he had with her father. For her part, Lisa Madigan pushed vigorously for the governor's removal after his arrest Dec. 9.