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Patti Blagojevich sues over billboards

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  • Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich speaks to reporters as his wife, Patti, listens at the federal building in Chicago after he was sentenced to 14 years in prison.

      Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich speaks to reporters as his wife, Patti, listens at the federal building in Chicago after he was sentenced to 14 years in prison.
    Associated Press/Dec. 7, 2011

 
Associated Press

The wife of imprisoned former Gov. Rod Blagojevich has filed a lawsuit against a Chicago radio station for using her husband's image in an advertising campaign.

Crain's Chicago Business reported Patti Blagojevich is seeking $30,000 from Merlin Media LLC for advertising that features Rod Blagojevich's picture on billboards promoting Chicago's WIQI-FM.

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The lawsuit contends Merlin "believed that the advertisements featuring Mr. Blagojevich would be fun and get people's attention." The advertising, which ran in May, was also on Chicago Transit Authority buses and trains.

Cincinnati-based Merlin Media has declined to talk about the lawsuit.

In March, Blagojevich began serving a 14-year-old sentence for corruption, including charges he sought to sell or trade President Barack Obama's old U.S. Senate seat for campaign cash or a job.

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