01/16/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Patti Blagojevich Apologizes To Neighbors For 'Media Barrage'

Illinois First Lady Patti Blagojevich attempted to placate neighbors upset over the media invasion that has followed Gov. Blagojevich's arrest on federal corruption charges last week.

One Ravenswood resident told the Sun-Times that the sentiment, since TV helicopters and camped-out reporters became a constant presence, is "What's happened to our nice, quiet neighborhood?"

Over the weekend, Patti Blagojevich sent a note to neighboring homes to try to calm the waters:

Dear Neighbor:

My husband and I would like to apologize to you and your family for the media barrage that descended on our neighborhood. While we signed up for this kind of attention by choosing a life in public service, you didn't. All you did was choose to live in our wonderful neighborhood.

We are very sorry for any inconvenience this has caused you. We hope it will soon subside, not only for the sake of our children but also for you and your family. We wish you and your family a wonderful holiday season and a healthy and happy NEW YEAR.


Patti Blagojevich

Patti Blagojevich's father, Ald. Dick Mell (33rd) sent an email to ward residents saying:

"These are indeed trying times for the Mell family, but with good friends like you, we'll weather this storm, as well."