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Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, with his wife, Patti, listening at right, talks to the media at the federal building in Chicago Aug. 17 after a jury found him guilty on one count of lying to federal agents and were deadlocked on 23 other charges. During a hearing Thursday U.S. District Court Judge James Zagel said Blagojevich's retrial will start the week of Jan. 4.

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