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|Fitzgerald: Knox Commencement Reminds Him of His College Days
|U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, Patrick J. Fitzgerald, dropped a surprise statement in comments to the media following his commencement day address to the students of Knox College.
Fitzgerald is most recently known for his handing down federal indictment charges against now former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich for allegedly plotting to sell an appointment to the U.S. Senate seat vacated by current President Barack Obama.
In meeting the press after his speech where he stressed service and sacrifice to students, said he wasn't a big television watcher and is not currently watching Patti Blagojevich on the NBC reality show "I'm A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here".
2009 marked the fifth year in a row a commencement speaker from the headlines accepted the invitation to give the graduation address to students and he tells WGIL the Knox graduation reminded him of his college days at Amhurst College in New York.
"I don't go to too many graduations," Fitzgerald said. "I went to a small liberal arts college, and it was a beautiful campus. And, I was struck, growing up in Brooklyn, when I went out to what was, to me, very rural Massachusetts, and the beauty of it and very nice people. My sense of the last 24 hours, being here, and taking to students and faculty, (Knox College) is a collegial place. People really believe in this institution."
Fitzgerald said he felt that there were a lot of the teachers at Knox whose prime emphasis is teaching students which is what he saw in his college and not just working on their own research. He says the faculty he saw seemed to know all of the students and had a connection with them.
The U.S. Attorney would not make any comments about the Blagojevich corruption case.
To read more from Fitzgerald's commencement address, and to download the speech in its entirety, CLICK HERE.
(U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald speaks to the media Saturday following his commencement address at Knox College. WGIL News Story and Photos by Dominic Fortini.)
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