"My jurisdiction was once all of the state of Illinois," he said.
FCI-Englewood has held other notable inmates, but Blagojevich has the highest profile of those currently there. The former governor is known to many in the community, though they often mangle his last name.
One woman approached journalists on the sidewalk across the street from the prison and asked, "Are you guys here for the Blag-don-a-vitch guy?"
Despite his infamy, people in Colorado aren't awestruck toward their well-known neighbor.
"We just make fun of him because it's like, that's Chicago politics," Engel said. "We don't care."
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