Former Illinois first lady Patti Blagojevich earned a pizza dinner, received a letter from home and learned she didn’t get voted out of the Costa Rican jungle on Thursday’s episode of “I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here!”

For the day’s food trial, “Mudpit Mania,” the quasi-celebrities had to don wrestling outfits and search through a mudpit looking for three stars. The three contestants who found the stars (Patti Blagojevich, Lou Diamond Phillips and Sanjaya Malakar) got to eat pizza for dinner. Not as easy as it sounds, though — the mudpit was filled with plastic balls, styrofoam sticks and live (small) crocodiles! Janice Dickinson ran out of the mudpit screaming.

Speaking of Dickinson, she and Holly Montag got voted out of the jungle, which leaves six celebrities in the jungle for the show’s final week: Patti Blagojevich, Stephen Baldwin, Sanjaya Malakar, Lou Diamond Phillips, John Salley and Torrie Wilson. For what it’s worth, Montag predicted Sanjaya will win and Dickinson thinks Baldwin will win.

Early in the episode, Baldwin said Blagojevich could be “somebody that’s kind of appealing to the everyday mom out there. She could be a bit of a dark horse.”

The epsiode ended with the final six contestants reading letters from home. Patti’s letter, written by husband Rod Blagojevich, partially read: “Please don’t worry. We’re all fine. The highlight of our day is when we get to watch you on TV at night.”

Rod’s letter ended with a mention of the youngest Blagojevich daughter: “P.S. Annie keeps saying I’m the one who should have had to eat the tarantula.”

Patti said it “really lights a fire under me to make my daughters to be proud of me and act in a way they can be proud of and hold their heads up high.”

I hope she remembers that credo when she returns to Illinois. Perhaps she can rub it off on Rod, too. But I’m guessing that’s not going to happen.

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In case you haven’t gotten your fill of Blagojevich news yet, here are links to three Chicago Tribune stories related to the former Illinois governor:

Feds probe Blagojevich contacts with colleges — Did Blagojevich or his power brokers seek a leg-up for applicants to state universities?

Rod Blagojevich poses with, signs satirical sculpture of himself — The man knows no shame. Article explains how Blago wasn’t in on the joke, either.

“Run, Blago, Run!” graffiti artist launches fundraiser to finance more Blago-inspired artwork — Supporters can help the artist keep it legal.

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